Isaac Whitney Talks Official Visit to Cal

Isaac Whitney breaks down what he thought of quarterback Jared Goff, the Bear Raid and his official visit host Darius Powe in this exclusive first word.

California sophomore quarterback Jared Goff earned the co-National Performer of the Week and Quarterback Performer of the Week, as announced by the College Football Performance Awards, the National Offensive Player of the Week from the Walter Camp Foundation, the College Sports Madness Offensive Player of the Week nod and the CSM Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award, but he also earned another plaudit from Bears official visitor Isaac Whitney.

“I like the offense, and I liked how much they threw the ball,” Whitney said. “The quarterback, he seems pretty good, and he’s only a sophomore. He would be there for my years that I would be there. Given the offense, I think that’s a real good look. The receivers, they’re a really good receiving corps, a lot of playmakers. I like the offense.”

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Other than Goff’s 24-for-42, 458-yard, 7-touchdown day, the visit was a big hit with the Riverside CC wide receiver.

“I really enjoyed the trip and the Bay Area. I liked it a lot better than SoCal,” said Whitney. “I like the vibe up there, the coaching staff is cool, the players are really cool. The game, it was a really good game to come and watch, the double-overtime and all of that. It was a really cool experience, and I enjoyed myself a lot.”

Whitney – who plans to enroll early -- took his official visit during his bye week, and, while the staff prefers to have official visits take place after the season so they can spend time with visitors, they made a point of spending a lot of time with the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder.

“I talked to them quite a bit,” Whitney said. “We went to brunch, with coach [Sonny] Dykes and coach [Rob] Likens the morning before I left, and we talked quite a bit. We talked for about an hour, and hour and a half. We just talked about what I liked about Cal and all those types of things.”

What did Whitney like about his visit?

“Probably just the whole game day experience, and being able to watch the game and see how the operation goes,” he said. “I like the program, I like the facilities. I like everything about Cal.”

Whitney also got a chance to spend time with the Bears in the off-hours, including his host Darius Powe.

“I hung out with Darius Powe for a little bit,” Whitney said. “I asked him about their quarterback situation, and how he liked [Goff] going in, and all that. He said he’s getting a lot better, and more experienced. He likes him as a quarterback, and said it’d be good if I came in, they need another guy on the outside. Somebody might be leaving next year, so they need somebody to step up as a playmaker.”

Finally, Whitney offered his grade of the visit: “I’d give it an ‘A.’”

Whitney won’t take another visit until his junior college season is concluded, and does not know where he’ll visit next, though he said he might go visit Texas Tech. Top Stories