Four-star linebacker Eli'Jah Winston paid a visit to Cal before The Opening Regional

RICHMOND, Calif. -- Four-star outside linebacker Eli'jah Winston got his appetite for Cal whetted thanks to a weekend visit before The Opening Regional.

RICHMOND, Calif. -- Four-star outside linebacker Eli'jah Winston isn't close to naming a top group, but after his first visit to California this Saturday, he knows he definitely wants to see more from the Bears.

"I'm definitely going to do some studying on them," said Winston, who visited Berkeley on Saturday, before participating in The Opening Regional at Richmond (Calif.) De Anza on Sunday. "I'll take an official visit during football season, maybe."

Others in contention for official visits are OregonUCLA and Notre Dame.

"I have an idea -- I'm considering them as officials," Winston said.

One of the most physically impressive specimens on the field on Sunday, Winston could easily play with his hand in the dirt as a defensive end, but he's got enough fast twitch to him, and enough athleticism and flexibility, to drop back into coverage and handle tight ends.

"I've played in a 3-4 all of my life, so I think I could play outside linebacker in a 3-4. I'd be very comfortable in that," said Winston. 

That's exactly what Cal will be running under new head coach Justin Wilcox and defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter, both of whom he met on Saturday.

"I was on campus for a couple hours, two to three hours. It was a great visit," he said. "I got to see the history of Cal, and how Cal is the first University to be built in California. There are so many unique things about Cal that I like, and they have a really good coaching staff. I got to meet the head coach, coach Wilcox. He's straightforward. I feel like he's very legit about what he says. I like that about him. It was just a tour around the campus, so I could see what it's like to be a part of the Bear community, and the atmosphere. I met up with the defensive coordinator, coach Tim DeRuyter, and coach T, coach Tony (Tony Tuioti), the outside linebackers coach."

That relationship, Winston said, is still developing, after the Bears offered on May 1.

"It's definitely still building, because I just got offered recently," Winston said.

Winston is looking for several factors in his future school: "Location, community, academics of course, and with the football program, it's how the coaches are with the team."

Seeing as there were no active Bears on campus when Winston visited, that, he said, is why he wants to make a return trip. Top Stories