Blake McDonald arrived in Berkeley just under an hour before California kicked off its upset over No. 18 Utah, but the visit was a long time coming. The Bears were McDonald's first offer a month ago, and remain his only offer, though he is getting letters from UCLA and Illinois.
"It's the world to me," he said. "It's really cool, just an awesome experience."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1712241-adrian-martinez-ga... Being on the field on Saturday, McDonald said, made it even more real. Cal, McDonald acknowledged, is his dream school, even with his mother matriculating from San Jose State, and his father from San Diego State. No Mountain West schools have offered McDonald, who said that the only thing standing between himself and committing to the Bears is simply time.
"I've been coming to Cal games since I was younger," the 2018 prospect said, as he pointed to the top of Section H, where he sat when the Bears played Oregon State last year.
"I just like the atmosphere," McDonald said. "It's a really good one."
The 6-foot-5, 305-pound tackle for nearby Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley mingled with the other recruits in attendance, including fellow 2018 prospects Adrian Martinez, Omari Harris and Tuli Letuligasenoa of Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, who McDonald and the 4-1 Wolves play next week.
Unlike Martinez, Harris and Letuligasenoa, McDonald did not have a bye this week, but Martinez made sure that during his bye, he watched his potential future teammate work.
"You could tell where he was at on the field," Martinez -- the quarterback for Clovis (Calif.) Clovis West -- said. "H killed it."
The Bears like the long, lean McDonald's explosiveness off the line, and at the next level, he profiles as an interior lineman, though he plays left tackle now.