California had several recruiting visitors on Friday – the final day before spring football recesses for spring break – including two big offensive linemen, in defensive end Evan Weaver -- a 6-foot-3, 227-pounder out of Spokane (Wash.) Gonzaga Prep – and 6-foot-7 Larkspur (Calif.) Redwood offensive tackle Jake Curhan. Curhan caught up with BearTerritory to discuss his recruitment after practice – his second visit to campus this spring.
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“I like it a lot,” said Curhan, who spoke extensively with head coach Sonny Dykes before practice. “I really like coach [Brandon] Jones, and just the whole coaching staff, in general. The visits, everything’s always incredible up there, and it’s pretty new stuff. It’s impressive. I like the way they practice, and I like what’s going on there. There’s a lot of good stuff, and it’s super close to home, so I get to go over there whenever I really want to. It’s just a 30-minute drive.”
Curhan had previously visited Berkeley for the prospect camp last summer, and took a tour of the facilities with former offensive line coach Zach Yenser, but it wasn’t until Jones showed up that Curhan’s recruitment picked up. Within the first couple weeks of Jones being hired, Curhan came out and scored a Cal offer.
Curhan – who also has offers from Washington State and Colorado State – has big plans for his upcoming spring break, which starts on April 10.
“I’m going on a bunch of different trips,” Curhan said. “I’m going to Boise State, Oregon, UCLA, ASU, maybe Arizona and USC. I want to make sure that I’m able to see all of the schools, so I can make an educated decision.”
‘Educated’ is the key word for Curhan, who holds a 3.86 unweighted GPA, and wants to make his decision before the end of the summer.
“It could be right when I get back from spring break, or it could be any time from when I get back from spring break, all the way up to the end of summer, depending on how I’m feeling,” Curhan said. “My ultimate goal is to find the best mix of education and football that I can. I’m not looking at schools in Alabama or something, where they just turn a blind eye to education and don’t really care what’s going on with their student-athletes, academically.
“That’s one of the things that makes Cal so valuable. It’s an up-and-coming football program, and one of the best offenses in college football, and it’s an incredible school, too. It’s the No. 1 public university, so it’s really, for what I’m looking for, it’s really appealing to me. Back when [Jeff] Tedford was in, they didn’t really have the academic support staff, and it’s gotten really good over there. They have a really good program for their football players. It’s appealing to someone like me who’s looking for something like that.”
Curhan is taking one Advanced Placement class this year, and one next year, but he’s very interested in the work being done in another field, or, rather, on another field.
“I like the way coach Jones is not just standing there, coaching,” said the 6-foot-7, 305-pound Curhan. “He’s still able to get up and in everyone’s face, and he shows the players what he wants them to do. He’s not just standing there, directing them.”
Curhan said that if he’s back from his recruiting sojourn, he will attend the April 18 spring game in Berkeley.