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Sandy (Utah) Alta quarterback Will Dana visited Cal on Friday

Cal hosted several visitors on Friday for a closed practice, including 2018 quarterback Will Dana.

Early Tuesday evening, one of California's candidates for the second quarterback in the 2018 class -- Dorian Thompson-Robinson -- put Cal in his top seven.  On Wednesday, another -- four-star Colson Yankoff -- committed to Washington. Also on Wednesday, the Bears hosted Sandy (Utah) Alta quarterback Will Dana at their closed practice.

"I met Coach Tui [Marques Tuiasosopo] when I was a freshman on a visit at USC," Dana said via text. "We've kept in contact ever since."

Dana took every single snap for the Hawks last season, completing 230 of 334 passes for 3,595 yards, 42 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He also rushed for two touchdowns. So far, he's visited OregonOregon StateArizona StateUSCBYU and Southern Utah, with NevadaUtah State and Weber State also showing interest. No offers have come, yet, but Dana is hopeful, especially for one from Cal

"I had some great conversations with Tui and Coach [Beau] Baldwin today about a potential offer," Dana said. "I would love it if an offer came!"

Baldwin and Dana's offensive coordinator -- Riley Jensen -- are acquaintances through networking circles, but the two have never met in person. Dana, then, is one up on his coach. The visit, which lasted from 1:30 p.m., to 6, took Dana all across the campus, and deep into the program.

"Cal is a very special place," said Dana. "I felt very comfortable there the entire time."

During the trip, Dana toured the campus and facilities, learned about the recruiting process from the coaching staff, and watched practice. He also got a bonus: He sat in on the quarterbacks meeting, with Tuiasosopo putting the signal callers who are contending for the starting job this year through their paces.

"It was awesome," Dana said. "Love hearing from Tui about studying defenses, blitzes, coverages, etc. The guy knows his stuff."

The Bears are planning on taking another quarterback for 2018, along with commit Adrian Martinez, who got an offer on Wednesday from the Sun Devils.

"They want a guy who's going to come and compete," Dana said. "There's going to be competition no matter what college you're at. It's college football."

Despite the fact that Tuiasosopo has seen Dana throw before, the process with Cal is just beginning.

"We all just think it would be better to get to know each other better," he said. "Tui has seen me throw in person. Baldwin hasn't but he wants to."

Dana plans on attending a Cal camp, and he and the coaches will be working out a time when one or both can see him practice this spring.

"I will try to get out to the camp for sure," he said.

Beyond that, though, he has the right academic profile, with a 3.7 cumulative GPA and an interest in business, "which is why Cal is so appealing to me," Dana said. "The education is amazing."


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