In the past two weeks, Hillsboro (Ore.) Liberty linebacker Kaelin Himphill has gotten visits from defensive line coach Fred Tate, defensive coordinator Art Kaufman and linebackers coach Garret Chachere, and after Oregon State and Himphill drifted apart, and Arizona hosted Himphill for an official visit, the Bears may very well be in the mix for the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder, who has a plus work ethic and is defined by his physicality and tenacity.
"Cal could make it into the top two, or even the top three," Himphill said. "My coach, he played at Cal, and graduated, and played in the NFL, so I already know a lot about the program."
Himphill's head coach -- Eric Mahlum -- played offensive tackle for the Golden Bears, and with the Indianapolis Colts.
"I've been sending my film into them, once a week, for a while, but just recently, they started following me on twitter, and coach Tate came and visited my school, so I was really appreciative of that," Himphill said. "We had a good conversation."
After receiving a re-affirmed commitment from WILL linebacker Cameron Goode on Tuesday, Chachere paid a visit to Himphill on Tuesday night, and for good reason. With the departures of Jalen Jefferson, Nathan Broussard and Michael Barton, plus the fact that inside backer Hardy Nickerson will be graduating after next season, Cal needs linebackers.
"When coach Tate came and visited me, he explained to me that he's just the defensive line coach, but the whole staff, and the linebackers coach, really likes me," Himphill said. "It wasn't too many questions. He just wanted to meet me, and make sure I'm the right size, and if I was really 6-2. He said he loves my size, and they love my film."
The Bears have not yet offered Himphill, but he's hopeful that he'll snag one.
"I would definitely check them out," Himphill said last week. "I would definitely use one of my visits, and if I don't have enough, I talked to my dad about it, and he said we would be able to do one unofficial visit, and that would be my unofficial visit. I would fly down there and visit Berkeley."
Himphill visited the Wildcats this past weekend, and this weekend, he could visit Utah, Colorado, West Virginia or Cal. His first official visit was to Oregon State.
The Bears have told Himphill that he could be either inside or outside, depending on how he develops.
"I'm just excited for the opportunity," he said.