Within three days after three-star outside linebacker Logan Gamble got his offer from California, he’d already started to hear from the Bears’ commits. Starting with Traveon Beck, and including Daniel Juarez, Jake Curhan and Max Gilliam, every one of Cal’s current seven commits reached out to Gamble.
Now, with the Bears in his top five, and an unofficial visit scheduled for Monday, Gamble – who called Cal his “dream school” – is already talking like one of those commits.
“Arizona, I’ve had two or three commits reach out to me and talk to me, but it’s not the same type of relationship that Cal is building,” Gamble says. “We have a group message, and we’re already talking about winning the Rose Bowl. It’s stuff like that, I can just tell we’re going be a top-15 class.”
As it stands, even with the decommitments of Marquel Dismuke and Shurod Thompson, the Bears still have the No. 27 class in the country, and if Gamble – who’s been offered as a Y-receiver – decides to pull the trigger soon, that number will go up.
“I was planning the end of summer, but this Cal offer changes everything,” Gamble says. “This is my dream school. I don’t know if I could commit on my visit. I don’t know if I’m going to commit during the season, but if I fall in love with the place when I’m on my visit, I’ll probably commit.”
One of the main reasons Gamble already sounds smitten with Cal is the fact that, unlike the other members of his top five – Arizona, Washington State, Virginia and Nevada – the Bears like him as a pure receiver. At 6-foot-6, 200 pounds, he’s an ideal Y in the Bear Raid.
“If you look at my highlight tape, all I’ve played in high school is wide receiver and defensive end,” says Gamble. “As you can see in the highlight tape, I’m a very athletic wide receiver, and I attack downfield a lot, and they use me in mid-short routes, so I don’t really run that many hitches. They like to put me across the field.”
When considering his top five, Gamble takes his positional future into account, which includes what he’ll have to do to his body, as well as playing time.
“I’m taking that into account with every school. Every school to offer me, I have offers at five different positions, throughout all of my offers. It’s really going to come down to where am I going to be able to play, where am I going to be comfortable playing, to how much weight do I want to gain in the process of becoming a college football player,” Gamble says. “Do I want to be a defensive end and gain 90 pounds? I don’t see that as my future. Do I want to be a wide receiver and gain 35 pounds? That’s reasonable. But, everything like that is becoming a factor, and it’s all pretty exciting.”
Gamble broke down his top five with BearTerritory, and why each school made his list.
Washington State, which wants him as an outside linebacker: “Washington State, because of the way they've recruited me so far. They showed a lot of interest in me, and I’m fairly interested in the program that they’re building.”
Arizona, which wants him as a defensive athlete: Arizona, because they’re a powerful Pac-12 school, and they were my first offer.”
Nevada, which wants him “mainly as a tight end for right now”: “Nevada, because I have a friend that has committed there. I’ve built relationships with the coaches, and I would like to get to know their program better, too, over the summer.”
Virginia, which wants him as an outside linebacker on defense, and a tight end on offense: “I put Virginia, because they’re a prestigious school on the East Coast, like an East Coast Stanford. They’re ACC, and I’m interested in their program, and I’m trying to build relationships with their coaches.”
And, finally, Cal: “Cal, because it’s a California Pac-12 school, and it’s always been one of my dream schools, and I want to study business in college, and they have one of the best business programs in the world.”
His coach at Cal, were he to pull the trigger, would also be the man who’s been his main recruiter – inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler.
“I love his accent, of course,” Gamble laughs. “I love the way he brings recruiting to a personal level. He relates to me in a lot of ways, and he understands what I’m saying. When we talk, it’s not all serious, and I’ve shared things with him, as a player, that I’m usually not comfortable sharing with coaches yet, and I feel really comfortable with coach Jacob Peeler, being that he’s a younger coach. I feel like he just got out of college and playing, and he understands exactly what I mean when I say things.”
Gamble intends to take his visit to Berkeley on Monday, and then an official visit, along with the commits, and Columbus (Ga.) Shaw linebacker Markus Wright.
“I’m pretty sure I’ve marked down the date with a couple other commits to go to the USC game,” he says. “I’ve even talked to a kid that’s offered, from Georgia. He lives in Georgia, and has an offer from Cal – Markus Wright. We’ve talked about taking an official together, and what California weather is like.”