He was on campus visiting for Cal's three-day camp. Baker and Kelley brought their pads and competed. But Bigelow and teammate Tee Shepard, who injured his finger last week, could not. Bigelow is still rehabbing, but he is close to 100%. He says running the stairs at Memorial was the most he's done since tearing his ACL last November.
But he still couldn't shake the itch. Mind you, he was in jeans and kicks. Nonetheless, he effortlessly ran linear routes on the rugby field catching balls from Baker after the first practice session had ended.
Bigelow hasn't been cleared to play, but he counting down the days until his next doctor's appointment. He receives his knee brace next month and soon after, he should be cleared to play. Meantime, he continues to go through recruiting process including making the most out of his third visit to Berkeley despite not being able to compete on the field.
"The visit was good," said Bigelow. "I had a good time and it's a great place to be."
He says it amazing how many coaches and staff members came up to him to say hello. When he first arrived Friday morning, he met Cal commit Kyle Boehm for the first time. Bigelow says they traded numbers. "He is cool," Bigelow added about Kyle. "He texted me later that day to wishing me luck."
Bigelow also spent much of the afternoon and early evening hanging out with Cal commit Mustafa Jalil and fellow Cal recruiting targets Viliami Moala, James Sample, and Shaq Thompson out of Sacramento (Calif.) Grant.
"It was cool hanging with them," Bigelow said.
He made his early verbal commitment to Washington in January. But he is taking this time to look at more schools. He says he would like to take some official visits, maybe all five or as few as three. As well, he hasn't ruled out ending the recruiting hoopla in the next few months either. Nevertheless, Cal is among his favorites going forward.
"Cal is most definitely in my top three, U-Dub for sure and Oregon," he said. "I don't want to take too much more time. I'm going to take a few more visits, maybe in a few more months I'll be done."
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