Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's offensive lineman Max Barth breaks down his Wednesday visit to Cal

Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's offensive tackle Max Barth has been a lifelong Cal fan, but hasn't visited Berkeley until today. He breaks down his trip to see the new coaching staff.

Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's offensive lineman Max Barth spent three hours on the California campus on Wednesday, meeting the new coaching staff six months after the old staff, headed by Sonny Dykes, became the first school to offer the 6-foot-6, 280-pounder.

During the visit, which included a tour of the campus and stadium facilities, Barth and his father got to sit down with offensive line coach Steve Greatwood. "We just discussed football and how I'd fit in at Cal," said Barth. "He's a great guy. You can tell he wants what's best for all his recruits as well as his players."

Barth and Greatwood had been in contact before the coaching change, when Greatwood was still at Oregon.

"Same relationship just different school," Barth said.

The Rams ran for over 3,000 yards last season, and the new offense's insistence on establishing the run played well for Barth.

"We didn't discuss the new offense too much," Barth said. "But the run heavy offense definitely is attractive to me."

This was the first time that Barth, who grew up a Cal fan, has been on campus.

"It was great seeing it in person," he said. "I liked how the stadium is retro, yet the coaches offices and team rooms are modern."

Cal's academic reputation, too, entices Barth, who improved on his first-semester 4.14 GPA with a 4.29 this spring, taking Advanced Placement English and U.S. History, as well as Honors Chemistry.

Before visiting Berkeley, Barth visited both the Ducks and UCLA.

"[I'm] not sure if I will visit any more," Barth said. "I liked them all equally but they had very different feels. All had a great fan base though in their cities ... For Oregon, the football facilities stood out the most, while UCLA and Cal, I was impressed with more of the campus area." Top Stories