In each picture that California quarterback commit Chase Garbers posted about his weekend trip to Berkeley with his parents and younger brother, also a quarterback, he's sporting Under Armour gear. The Bears' deal with the Maryland-based apparel giant doesn't start until July 1, 2017, but it's clear that Cal's newest signal caller is thinking about the future.
"I got the shirt I was wearing last time I was up, because we're Under Armour, now, so I wanted to rep the new brand," he said. "They talked about what they're going to do with the field, how Under Armour is going to re-brand everything, make it their own, new, cool, Cal-Under Armour brand, and how the jersey's going to look."
The future also includes Garbers's future teammates. Shortly after his visit, he tweeted:
In that tweet, he tagged several big-name local Cal targets. Now that he's committed, he's in full-on recruiter mode, and he's starting with the prospects who would be most dedicated to his personal safety, and moving out from there.
"I talk to a bunch of guys, offensive linemen-wise," said Garbers. "I've been talking to Aaron Banks a lot, and Alijah Vera-Tucker, also I've been talking to some defensive guys to come join, like Greg Rogers, the No. 1 D-tackle in the country. I've been talking to him a lot. He's interested. I've gotten in touch with Najee Harris a little bit, talking to him about coming to Cal. Some 2018 receivers, I've been talking to, like Austin Osborne and Manuel Allen from Corona Centennial -- every position you can think of, I'm trying to get the best of the best to join the Cal Gang.
"Definitely having a quarterback committed in the class has a big influence to every position you're trying to bring in. We're not going to sign a very big class, but we're trying to find the guys with the best fit, the best talent, people who want to win, to come up here to Berkeley and have the best time of their lives, that's a big influence, because these guys that you're hopefully going to be bringing in with you are going to be your guys for the next three to five years."
The weekend trip -- Garbers's second -- gave him plenty of ammunition.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1664047-chase-garbers-can-... "Going around campus a little more solidifies why Cal is such a great spot," Garbers said. "Campus is beautiful. We went up in the bell tower, got to look over the Bay, which was beautiful. It solidifies the fact that Cal's the right place for me."
Saturday was mainly a football-related day, while Sunday was consumed with academics. Garbers and his family met with a founding partner of Greyrock Principals -- and Haas Business School lecturer -- Stephen Etter, and drove around Berkeley, San Jose and San Francisco.
"I brought the mom and brother up there for the first time, and they were just blown away with everything. It went really well," he said. "I talked to a couple academic advisors, and someone who works with the business school -- Steve Etter. He gave us insight on everything.
"My mom was blown away. She had that gut feeling. She had a feeling of 'Wow,' that I'm sure she never had at any other place that we visited. It was a place she felt comfortable with. She loved it. Little brother was in awe of everything, as well, from the location to the coaching staff to the facilities and all that. They think it's a great fit, also."
On Saturday, Garbers got into the film room with offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, and learned even more about the offense he'd be running.
"I learned more about what he wants to do, how it's going to work and how it fits into my skill set, perfectly," Garbers said. The conversation, Garber said, was more in-depth than his last talk. "I'm committed now, so we were talking about when I get there and how the offense is going to be easy to learn, because it's kind of similar to what I do. It's going to be one hell of a ride."
How similar are the two schemes?
"Coach Spav will have a run play on, and the quarterback has the decision to check to pass or check different pass routes to different receivers, which we do a lot," Garbers said. That certainly sounds quite a bit like the responsibility that former OC Tony Franklin put on Jared Goff. "The quarterback has freedom with the offense, which is definitely similar."
While Garbers didn't get to pick Goff's brain insofar as offensive checks while the two worked out together three times over the spring, he did get a welcome note from the No. 1 overall pick when he made his decision.
"He hit me up on Twitter, and he texted me, as well, saying, 'If you need anything regarding Cal, just hit me up, and I'll be happy to help you. Congratulations on everything. Keep up the quarterback tradition we have going there,'" Garbers said.
And, speaking of quarterback tradition, that little brother? He's 14, and ready to enter Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona Del Mar in the fall.
"He's been on most of the trips I've gone on, so he's gotten a little taste of what happens," Garbers said. "Next time, it'll be him, hopefully."