Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona Del Mar quarterback Chase Garbers blown away by Cal offer just before he takes a visit to Berkeley

Recently-offered QB Chase Garbers has worked out with Jared Goff and hears all about the Bears from Taariq Johnson.

Chase Garbers is one of the most highly-sought-after quarterbacks in the Southland , and new California offensive coordinator Jake Spavital is one of the five youngest offensive coordinators in all the land, so, naturally, when the 30-year old Bear Raid commander made his rounds of Golden State quarterbacks, it's not much of a surprise that, when he offered Garbers on Wednesday, he used somewhat youthful parlance.

"Coach Spav came down today, and watched me throw, and we talked afterwards on the phone, and he said, 'I already knew I wanted to offer you; I just had to come down and make sure everything was good,'" Garbers told BearTerritory. "And then, he said, 'You're one hell of a baller. We want you, and we're offering you a scholarship.' i was not expecting that at all. I was blown away." Garbers was set to visit the Bears this Saturday, and thought that the offer might come then.

"I was blown away," he repeated. 

Since a superlative performance at the NIKE The Opening Los Angeles Regional, Garbers has seen his stock soar, with offers now from the Bears, Boise State, Boston College, Arizona State, Washington State, Wake Forest, Purdue, Hawaii, Brown, Illinois and Cornell. Cal, though, has something no one else does: A quarterback daisy chain that links the current Bears signal callers to Garbers.

"I know Spav from [Texas] A&M, and what he did there, which was really good, and then, Cal, one of my buddies -- Chase Forrest -- goes there, and I've actually worked out with Jared Goff a couple times this offseason," Garbers said. "He (Goff) has told me a lot about Cal and coach [Sonny] Dykes. I know they're a Pac-12 contender, which is great."

Working with the current frontrunner for the starting job this fall, and the likely No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft has taught Garbers quite a bit.

"Working out with Jared definitely shows me what it takes to get to the NFL, and what kind of work ethic and mindset you need," Garbers said. "Jared, I love him. He's a great guy, and he works really hard at what he does, and he's going to be a great quarterback at the next level. Watching him and working out with him, knowing Chase, it shows me what it takes to get there."

Garbers -- out of Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona Del Mar -- grew up not that far from Forrest, who attended Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, and the two played in the same Pop Warner program ever since Garbers was eight years old. Meeting Goff happened much more recently. "One of the guys that trains his receivers is one of our coaches (Karif Byrd), so he would always bring me along to these workouts, with Jared and Carson Wentz, and we'd always work out together with Jared's guy," Garbers said. 

Since he's heard so much about Dykes and the Bears, he's excited to come up this weekend and meet the Cal skipper in person.

"I also want to get a feel for the campus," Garbers said. "One of my good friends -- Taariq Johnson -- he's committed to Cal. "He talks about the Cal family, and what it's like, so I'm pretty fired up to see the atmosphere."

Garbers does have the Bears coming from all sides, and he said that Cal is one of the schools with which he has the most connections, but they're not alone. There are plenty of other schools coming hard.

"Texas A&M is in there, UCLA is in there, Vanderbilt is in there -- they're showing a lot of love," Garbers said. "There's Tennessee, there's Duke, there's Washington and Colorado. There are quite a few schools showing a lot of interest."

Garbers has already started visiting schools. Two weeks ago, during his spring break, he took a tour of the Northwest, where he visited the Huskies, Cougars, Broncos, Buffaloes and Colorado State.

"All those schools are great," Garbers said. "I wouldn't say one out-did the other. Everyone has their pros and cons. I know guys at Colorado, Boise State and Washington, and I have family in Colorado and Washington. All the hospitality was great, the atmosphere was great. Nothing to complain about, with those visits."

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