California's scholarship offer to San Antonio (Tex.) John Jay offensive tackle Matthew Huhn came at the perfect time -- right before he got away from the recruiting grind while on a family vacation to Destin, Fla.
The offer came after a bit of waiting for Huhn, but it didn't diminish how big an impact it has on his recruitment. Other than being the second-furthest offer he's reeled in (Oregon State has also come calling), the 3.9-GPA student with a 28 ACT score certainly finds appeal in Berkeley's academic reputation.
"I know Cal is the No. 1 public school in the country," Huhn said. "I know that. I've heard it's absolutely beautiful there. I'm pretty academically sound ... It sells itself. No. 1 -- there's only one No. 1, obviously. It's an amazing opportunity, a fantastic school, fantastic area and a fantastic conference. It's overall a really well-rounded offer."
What did the Bears see in Huhn? An athletic, lean and mobile 6-foot-7, 280-pounder with a bit of a mean streak on the field.
"I may not be the biggest or strongest, and I may not be a five-star offensive tackle, squatting half a ton, but I'm going to work my butt off to move you around," Huhn said. "That's one thing, I think, is one of my favorite things about the way I play."
The offer was a few weeks in the making for Huhn.
"Coach [Mark] Tommerdahl, the special teams coordinator, he contacted me right after I got my first offer from Baylor, the day after, so I've been hearing from them for quite a while," Huhn said. "They came to see me during the spring eval period. Coach Tommerdahl came to see me, and then the O-line coach saw me during class, but I'm not sure what happened, he wasn't able to stay during the athletic period for football. They were going to offer me, but since the O-line coach hadn't seen me in person, he wanted to make sure he made the right choice, and I absolutely don't blame him."
So, Huhn posted his spring practice film, Brandon Jones got a look, and pulled the trigger late last week. Among the other offers Huhn has, the aforementioned Baylor Bears, Michigan and Illinois are the biggest, but where do the Golden Bears stand?
"I couldn't tell you the exact number, but it would probably be top five," he said. "Definitely one I've been waiting on for a while. I would love to get out there for an official visit. It's been one that I've been hoping would offer, and I'd definitely love to take an official out there. If I've got time this year, that's one of the places I'm definitely going."
The opportunities for an official will be limited. After narrowing his field to 10 in July, Huhn will commit after one of the first few games of his senior season.