Oakland NIKE: Kaufusi Compares Cal, Stanford

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. -- Jackson Kaufusi talks about his unofficial visit weekend before participating at the Oakland NIKE The Opening Regional, and compares the Bears to their cross-Bay rival Stanford.



SAN LEANDRO, Calif. -- Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton linebacker Jackson Kaufusi visited California this past weekend, and called the visit “very good,” but it’s in comparison to his other visit this weekend – Stanford – that the Bears really shined.

“Stanford, it was good, they’re a really good school, but I just felt at home at Cal,” Kaufusi said.

Why did Berkeley feel like home?

“It was good to meet coaches, see faces to voices,” Kaufusi smiled. “It’s the location. It’s beautiful there, and also, the academics. When we took the tour, they were talking about all their schools, and that’s just really cool.”

The most eye-opening part of the Friday trip to Berkeley was the University, itself.

“I knew it was a good school, but when they were talking about it, it really hit home,” Kaufusi said.

Having one of his good friends and teammates Sione Heimuli-Lund get offered on the same day they visited also left a mark.

“I wasn’t in the room, but I was there with him, and that’s good for him,” Kaufusi said. “He was a little low-key, but he’s really excited about it.”

During the visit, the pair walked through the stadium and facilities, then took a tour of campus with the staff, making the offer he received back in March that much more real.

“It was just cool to see it all,” Kaufusi said. “I talked with Sonny [Dykes], and the linebacker coach [Garret Chachere] and the D-coordinator [Art Kaufman]. We talked about, position-wise, what I would play and how I would fit in. I talked a lot about the WILL linebacker, and blitzing off the edge.”

Kaufusi was particularly taken with Chachere during the trip.

“He’s just high-intensity,” Kaufusi said. “He was telling us about how he treats his kids. He’s a little hard on them, but it’s good for us. It’s a good push for us.”

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