Three-star Rhonert Park (Calif.) Rancho Cotate wide receiver Chris Taylor-Yamanoha -- continued California’s big week of on-campus recruiting, following four-star tackle Clark Yarbrough and four-star running back Melquise Stovall’s visits on Thursday with one of his own on Friday. Taylor-Yamanoha is no stranger to Berkeley, having visited, by his estimation, about seven or eight times.
“It was good, and I liked the practice,” said Taylor-Yamanoha. “It was up-tempo, a lot of competition and fun.”
The Bears have offered Taylor-Yamanoha as an athlete, and like him equally as a receiver and a defensive back. He has the length and speed to be a good receiver, but certainly has a skill set that is suited for corner.
“They say both,” said Taylor-Yamanoha, who sported a Cal beanie, while his father sported a Cal script shirt. “I watched both. [Both coaches] are competitive, up-tempo and just really get after it, and I like that.”
Taylor-Yamanoha recently tripped to Arizona and Arizona State, coming away with an offer from the Wildcats.
“I really liked Arizona, the coaches were all cool,” Taylor-Yamanoha said. “Arizona State, they had a scrimmage, and it was nice watching that.”
Cal, though, is the school – and the coaching staff – with which Taylor-Yamanoha is most familiar, particularly inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler.
“We talk pretty much every single day,” said Taylor-Yamanoha. “He checks in on me, sees how things are going. He’s just always checking up.”
Taylor-Yamanoha also got to catch up with head coach Sonny Dykes, who took time out of the first part of practice to chat with the local recruit on the sidelines.
“He was telling me they liked me on either side of the ball, that they loved what I can do,” said Taylor-Yamanoha. “It’s awesome. It really makes me feel wanted.”
Taylor-Yamanoha isn’t sure when he wants to make his decision, and only knows that he’ll decide “when it feels right.”