California offensive line coach Zach Yenser has been a busy man this week. After hosting a dozen offensive linemen on Sunday, Yenser was burning up the phone lines on Friday, offering Trevor Ruhland out of Cary (Ill.) Cary-Grove Community High School, Jake Hanson of Eureka (Calif.), three-star Quinn Oseland out of Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart Griffin, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley's Dru Samia and finally, Auburn (Calif.) Placer tackle Johnny Capra.
"We didn't really talk about offers (on Sunday)," said Capra. "We talked about the school, and I was really impressed with the school. It was an impressive campus. The sheer size of the campus is huge, and it's beautiful all around. I really liked Cal a lot. It was really pretty, and there's a lot of history there."
The offer was the second for Capra, who already has a full ride form San Jose State on the table, but recruiting is far from new for the 6-foot-6, 280-pounder, who is friends with former five-star Bears target and current UCLA defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes.
"I played with him for a little bit, and we're definitely friends; I'm really close with his family," Capra said. "I talk to them about recruiting, and they help me out, too. My family and them are really close."
Capra also knows Cal baseball pitcher and former Hillman Ryan Mason, and appreciates all the connections that Placer has with the Bears.
Capra has already been on unofficial visits to Stanford and several other schools, and wasn't ready to say that liked Cal more than the others, but, he said, he was very impressed.
"It was a surprise," Capra said of the offer. "I was very excited. I was really, really excited for that. I was definitely very shocked. I'm just excited about the possibility of playing for Cal one day, and continuing on the tradition of good football that's been at the school for a long time."
Last season, Capra – who's school runs the wing-T offense – helped block for a rushing attack that churned out 3,740 yards on the ground, including two 1,000-yard rushers.
"Real old-school," Capra laughed. "I do a lot of offseason work with a lot of offenses like Cal with Linemen Win Games, so coach John Osterhout, he played with the Texans for a while, we go through all that type of stuff and learn it all, so I'm not completely in the dark."
With Osterhout, Capra works out every weekend, working on kick steps and zone blocking for both offense and defense, so the transition to Cal's spread-it-out, hurry-up scheme won't be a surprise.
Yenser didn't say exactly what they're looking at Capra as, but odds are, he's coming in as the prototypical lone, lean tackle that the Bear Raid employs. A shot put and discus thrower in the spring, Capra is adding yet another event to his track repertoire: the hurdles.
"I will be doing a little bit of hurdles this year," said Capra. "I'm working on it. I'm going to give it a little go this year, and see how it goes. I'm working on it. There's a definite learning curve, but I'm going to give it my best."
Capra has personal records of 140 in the discus and 45 feet in the shot.
In the middle of track season, Capra is planning on attending a Cal spring practice, as well as the Oakland NFTC event in May.
"I'm definitely going to be coming down to Cal for a spring practice," Capra said. "Then, I just have a lot of track going on."
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