California has had a busy few days on the recruiting front, with Taariq Johnson visiting and then committing, five-star Najee Harris paying a visit on Saturday, and four-star defensive end D.J. Johnson visiting over the weekend, along with defensive end commit Gabe Cherry, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd cornerback Je'Quari Godfrey, center Michael Saffell out of Fresno (Calif.) Edison and Gilbert (Ariz.) Williams Field corner Tre Bugg.
Sipe got his first offer from Colorado State, but also has interest from Oklahoma State, San Diego State, Oregon State and several Ivy League schools, thanks to his sparkling 3.8 GPA. A couple weeks ago, Cal got in touch.
"They said that they liked my film, and they just want to see me throw in person," said Sipe. "They liked my film and they said that I'm accurate."
Last season, Sipe completed 175 of 303 passes for 2,842 yards and 31 touchdowns to six interceptions. Watching the practice on Monday, and sitting in on the quarterback meetings was educational for Sipe, and impressive, given the tempo.
"I thought it was great; it was really well-run, and it was fast-paced," Sipe said. "It was a great practice."
Sipe arrived in Berkeley in the morning, took a campus tour, and then went into the meeting room.
"It was the first time that I've done that, so it was my first glimpse into what it's like coming up from high school to college, and the speed of the game, and the different reads you have to make, so it was really interesting," Sipe said. "I didn't really know what to expect. I knew there was going to be [a jump], but I didn't know what kind. I definitely feel like I can do well in college. That was exciting, and it's definitely going to be a huge learning curve, but I think I can handle it."
Speaking of learning, Sipe has a 3.8 GPA.
"It's a great school," Sipe said of Cal. "It's one of the best public schools in the country. That blend of great football and academics, not every school has that. That's definitely what makes Berkeley such an intriguing school."
The first thing that Sipe thinks of when he thinks about Berkeley is another tall, skinny, blond quarterback.
"Definitely Jared Goff and his success the past few years, and really just airing the ball out," Sipe said. "That's what a quarterback loves to hear: A team that throws the ball a lot. That was great."
Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital will visit Sipe during the spring evaluation period to take a good, long look at the 6-foot-4, 190-pound signal caller. Quarterback recruiting, of course, isn't like other positions. Offers don't go out to 10 or 12 prospects at a time. Quarterback offers don't go out lightly, and since Spavital has come on, he has offered one quarterback, and that's the quarterback that was committed to him at Texas A&M -- Tate Martell.
"Quarterbacks are obviously weird; they're different from everybody else," Sipe said. "They said that they want to see me throw in person before they make any offers. That's pretty much what everyone else is saying. This spring is going to be exciting."
Sipe grew up watching USC, with Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart as the stars, and while he likes the Trojans, he hasn't made any visits there.
"I haven't really heard from them, so not right now," said Sipe. "Got to be realistic."
Sipe drove up on Sunday night, and will be checking out San Jose State on Tuesday.null