Before his official visit this weekend, and after the departure of outside receivers coach Rob Likens, Corona (Calif.) Centennial receiver Greyson Bankhead may not have been shaky, but he was at the very least wobbly in his commitment to California.
This weekend changed all that.
“Definitely, definitely,” Bankhead said when asked if the visit firmed up his commitment. “I was solid at first, but after the official visit, everything got cleared up. We got a good feel for everything, and definitely got the whole campus tour, and the academics part. It was definitely a great weekend for us, and confirmed my commitment.”
Part of that reassurance was being hosted by a former Centennial teammate in Tre Watson, who just so happened to be coached by Pierre Ingram last season as a running back, before Ingram was moved to the outside receivers spot just last week, replacing the departed Likens.
“I got a great vibe from him,” Bankhead said. “My parents and I came up and we had just an amazing trip. We got welcomed, taken care of and he definitely reached out to us. It’s the same old, same old: A great fit.”
Watson had a bit of insight for Bankhead in terms of Ingram’s coaching style, though, Bankhead said, he’ll be working mainly with Jacob Peeler as an inside receiver (he had a position meeting with Peeler during the weekend), taking the same spot as Bryce Treggs (“Once he leaves, I’ll be in the H-spot,” Bankhead said).
“It was cool having him as a host, showing me around and stuff like that,” Bankhead said of Watson. “We talked about coach Ingram, who actually wanted to be a receiver coach from the start, and he was fortunate to coach Tre last year, so he loves Tre, and we love coach Ingram, so we think it’s a good fit for him. We’re all getting used to each other and getting ready for action. I talked to coach Ingram a little bit, but not so much about scheming. We definitely talked to coach Peeler about it, so we got the inside scoop for that.”
The coolest part of the weekend for Bankhead was the first night, when the group of 16 visitors and their families took a ferry on the water, underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
“We talked to all the other players, and it was good,” said Bankhead, who challenged head coach Sonny Dykes in a little Pop-A-Shot at the arcade on Pier 39. “They took us over there with all the recruits, and we had a good time messing with each other, hanging out with coach Dykes and playing some games together. He played the basketball shooting one, and I actually played him in a game where you have to throw the footballs into holes and stuff. I won in the football one, but he beat me in the basketball one.”
For Bankhead’s parents, the biggest part of the weekend was finally getting to see where their son will be playing next season.
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“My mom had never been to Berkeley, so she was really excited about it,” Bankhead said. “One thing that they loved about it was the academic part, and life after football. That’s one big deal for me, with the commitment to Cal, is my life after football, and where Cal-Berkeley is going to take me if I get a degree, where it’s going to take me after football. They were really excited about that, hearing all of that from all the different coaches and the academic support.”
While his parents were introduced to Berkeley, Bankhead was introduced to his future quarterback, Ross Bowers, the 2015 signee who enrolled early.
“This was actually the first time that I was able to hang out and really talk to him,” Bankhead said. “He’s a really cool guy. One thing I’ve really noticed about him, actually, when I first came in, I noticed that he was really comfortable with the players and the program already, with just one week of being on campus. He said he warmed up with the players after being there just a couple of days, so I could really tell the difference with him already, in one week.”