Before former Stanford offensive lineman commit Nate Herbig made a wager on the outcome of the College Football Playoff title game with California offensive guard commit Francisco "Paco" Perez (an exchange that happened after he spoke with BearTerritory), he followed up his Christmas Day de-commitment from the Cardinal by scheduling an official visit to Cal on the weekend of Jan. 22.
“I just talked about it with my family, and we decided, and then I called them the other day,” Herbig said. “I like coach [Brandon] Jones and coach [Sonny] Dykes. I want to stay on the West Coast and I just have a good feeling about this program, and where they’re going with it.”
The visit will be Herbig’s first out to Berkeley, but he’s already familiar with Jones.
“Coach Jones, he came to see me at a camp, and we’ve built a good relationship,” Herbig said. “He’s a good coach, and I think he’ll prepare me well for my future.”
With the Alabama win, it looks like Perez will have to pay up, empty wallet or not, next weekend. But, it was Herbig’s friendship with another Cal commit that actually led him first to pull the plug on Stanford, and then to schedule his now-profitable trip to Berkeley next weekend.
Herbig, out of Honolulu (HI) St. Louis, isn’t familiar with last year’s Hawaiian lineman signee – freshman Semisi Uluave – but he does have one teammate who’s been on him for quite some time: Cal commit Drew Kobayashi, who's also scheduled to make his official to Berkeley next weekend.
“Drew always wanted me to play with him at Cal,” Herbig said. “We go to the same high school, so I know him really well, and that helps.”