“I heard it was a great school, the academics are great, and I heard the campus was nice, and I was already out here, so why not take a drive to Cal?” Humphrey said after his game on Thursday, which saw Cal basketball assistant Wyking Jones taking a gander at 2018 big man Mustapha Muhammad.
Humphrey – whose unique moniker is due in part to his brother, who is nine years his senior, wanting to help name him – and his mother drove eight hours to Berkeley, spent three hours on campus with inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler and then drove eight hours back, in time for the opening of the NCAA-approved viewing period on Wednesday evening.
“I loved the campus,” Humphrey said. “The campus is beautiful. The facilities are nice, and everything about it is great. Coach Peeler is a great guy. He’s recruiting me nice, and I like him. The academics part was great, and how much of a family it was. They said I have a good chance at playing early, and I like that part.”
Peeler is the point man for Humphrey not just because of his recruiting prowess, but because the Bears want Humphrey – who is listed as an athlete, and plays running back and all the receiver spots for Southlake (Tex.) Carroll -- as an inside receiver. During his time on campus, he got to see just what a similar inside receiver -- Bryce Treggs -- has done at the position. Also a factor: Both Carroll and the Bears run similar systems.
“Especially if I want to play receiver in college – I really want the ball in my hands – they really like to air it out,” Humphrey said. “They showed me tape of [Treggs], and I really enjoy what they do.”
Though it’s summer, Humphrey did manage to meet a few current Bears, including fellow Texan Daniel Lasco.
Academically, Humphrey has a cumulative 3.4 GPA, and says that he’s “really interested” in Cal, as well as Wisconsin, Duke and of course, Texas.
Humphrey said that he will narrow down his field “maybe pretty soon, before the season,” but before that happens, he’ll visit the Longhorns, who have offered.
“After I visit Texas next week, that’s when I’ll start narrowing down my officials,” Humphrey said. “I know they have great academics, but I just want to see the air, to see if it feels like home for me.”
How did the Bears score on that account?
“It felt just like home; I felt so comfortable there,” Humphrey said.