Rising TE Chooses Bears

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit tight end Jacob Wark has committed to play at Cal and he talks about why he chose the Golden Bears...

Jacob Wark (6-5, 240) had been waiting all season to get a Pac-10 offer.

"My main goal was to play in the Pac-10," said Wark. "I have always been looking at the Pac-10. Coach (Ron) Gould (at California), I talked to him last spring, and he had wanted me to come to a camp this summer, but I wasn't able to make it. So I sent him some game film and they liked what they saw. Then Coach (Pete) Alamar also liked what he saw," said Wark.

That became a reality a few weeks ago when head coach Jeff Tedford, who had the final say, offered Wark.

This weekend, Wark decided to end his recruitment and committed to the Bears.

"When Coach Tedford called and offered me, he said he thought I'd be a great tight end, because I have great speed and block really well and I'd be a perfect fit for the program," said Wark. "That convinced me. I want to be a complete football player. I love blocking, I love to catch the ball and that balance that Cal's offense has is a great thing."

Wark also did plenty of homework on the academic benefits of choosing Cal.

"I did a lot of research on that," said Wark. "It is the top public university in the nation and they have a great football team."

Wark also boasted offers from Air Force and Vanderbilt and Colorado, Washington and Oregon State were also looking at him very seriously.

But Cal presented the best compilation for him.

"My family was really excited," said Wark. "When I got my first offer from Vanderbilt, they were happy but the one downside was that I'd be thousands of miles away. Now, they'll be able to come down and watch me and it's a lot easier to get there."

Wark becomes the second Jesuit player to commit to the Pac-10, joining teammate Keanon Lowe, who's committed to Washington.

"We're great buddies and we're just happy for each other," said Wark. "I'm real excited for him and he's real excited for me and we can't get wait out there."

Wark said the Cal coaches want him to come in and challenge for playing time.

"What the coaches told me was to come in and treat it like I'm going to compete for a spot," said Wark. "Pretty much from now until then, I'll be going to compete for a spot."

Wark said he was happy to make the decision.

"It was like taking weight off my shoulders," said Wark. "I was hoping this would come sooner rather than later. A school where I can fit in and have a great next 4-5 years."

He's had the Cal coaches in for a visit.

"I had an in-home with Coach Gould and Coach Alamar and we talked about the academic side and it gave me a chance to get a sense of the family atmosphere at Cal," said Wark.

He is planning to visit Cal soon.

"I'll be taking an official visit hopefully the first or second week of January," said Wark.

As a 2009 senior, Wark helped Jesuit to the state finals, catching 32 passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns.

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