RICHMOND, Calif. -- Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt jumbo athlete Andy Koch visited California this past Saturday, before hitting the field at The Opening Regional at Richmond (Calif.) De Anza, and while he doesn't have an offer from the Bears yet, Cal likes his speed, length and explosiveness off the edge.
"Oh, my gosh, they were amazing," Koch said after The Opening Regional at Richmond (Calif.) De Anza. "The whole school and environment they have, they got a new head coach, and he's humble, he keeps to himself and he's about players who work hard, and I feel like, if I were to go to Cal, I would be a great fit there. They've come to watch me practice this week, and things did go well ... They like that I'm tall and I'm long, and they like my technique. They watched my film, and they said it was really good."
Koch worked in with the group that included Cal commit Nick Alftin, but the two didn't talk much about Cal.
"We just introduced ourselves, and talked to each other really quick," Koch said. "He told me he was a Cal commit, and he was a pretty cool dude."
Koch saw why Alftin committed to the Bears during his four-hour visit on Saturday.
"They gave me a tour of the facilities, and later, their strength and conditioning coach gave a presentation," Koch said. "I live in Southern California, in the I.E., so there's not much green out there -- just flat desert -- and it's really beautiful out here, with the trees and the green. It's a beautiful place to be. They're updating their field. That, I guarantee, is going to look really nice. And, just the coaching staff, how they're so connected, they were so welcoming. As soon as I walked in, it felt like everybody knew my name, even though I hadn't even met them yet. It was pretty awesome."
Defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro was out recruiting in Florida, but Koch did get to talk with the other defensive coaches.
"We talked about the defensive line, what my role would be there, and we talked about what Cal was like," Koch said. "I'm just going to do what they ask me to, but I think my strength is playing the run. I'm working on my pass rush ability, and it's coming along quite nicely."
Koch has a 3.6 cumulative grade point average, and got an 1100 on the SAT.