Klein (Tex.) Klein Collins weak side linebacker Cameron Goode committed to California back during the summer, but, over the past several weeks, he's received offers from Nebraska and Vanderbilt, and taken official visits to Lincoln and Nashville. On Tuesday, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound All-District linebacker re-affirmed his commitment to the Golden Bears.
"It was the location and talking about how they're going to run defense, and the facilities and everything," Goode told BearTerritory on Tuesday. "It was just hanging with the guys and talking."
Goode had a feeling when he got on the plane back to Texas that he'd re-commit, but wanted to take a day to sit on things a bit longer.
"Nebraska had the fans and the football tradition and the college town, and Vanderbilt had the academics, and I felt like Cal was a good mix of both of them," Goode said.
The Bears, in particular, with the unexpected departure of Michael Barton, and the graduations of Jalen Jefferson and Nathan Broussard, are in desperate need of an infusion of youth at the linebacker position, making Goode's official visit to Berkeley this past weekend -- his first trip to the Bay Area -- all the more important for both him and Cal.
"They're people I see myself fitting in with, and they're all cool," Goode said of his fellow commits. As for the fact that he's very much what the doctor ordered at the position? "Yeah, that was another reason."
Goode's player host was another out-of-state defender in Trey Turner.
"He was cool, and answered a lot of my questions," Goode said.
Linebackers coach Garret Chachere told Goode that he will play the WILL position, and, with between 60 and 70 tackles this season, the staff told Goode that he can bring "pressure to the quarterback, and dropping back and playing in space."
While his tackle numbers are certainly solid, the biggest number Goode brings is his grade point average. This past semester, he posted a 4.68, and enjoyed Forensic Science, where he's gotten to learn about murder scenes and collecing forensic evidence. His mother is a nurse, and Goode hopes to one day go into the medical field, so it's all right up his alley.
The re-commitment of Goode allows Cal to now turn its attention to David Luafatasaga, who was scheduled to visit this past weekend, but now may visit on Jan. 29 -- the day he was originally scheduled to visit Mississippi, where he's committed.