Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey tight end Isaiah Smalls is one of the Southland's top tight ends.
"My unofficial to Cal was a great trip," said Smalls. "I like their offense and the way they use their tight ends in various ways. You have to be versatile to play in their offense as a tight end."
The coaching staff at Cal was a highlight for Smalls.
"What stood out the most to me were the coaches," said Smalls. "When I first got there, the DB coach, Gerald Alexander, recognized me because he recruits the L.A. area. After we toured the facilities and went to the field, the offensive coordinator, Beau Baldwin, recognized me and I didn't have to say a word. When I said to the other offensive coaches who I was, they said they already knew who I was and they were glad I made it up there."
Smalls plans to see other schools this summer or later in the spring.
More schools could be getting in the mix too.
Hawaii has also made a big impression on him.
"Me and Coach Abe (Elimimian) have a good relationship," said Smalls. "I've known him since the ninth grade, since he first got to Hawaii. He feels that I can be the X-factor that their team needs right now. He said they need a tight end of my caliber."
Smalls said he's staying wide open.
"As of right now, no school really stands out," said Smalls. "But based off the relationships I've built with coaches and taking a couple more visits, I will soon start to break my list down. After I take a few more trips, I will start to cut my list down because whatever school I choose, I want to early enroll."
That gives him a timeline for a commitment.
"I would say I'm probably going to commit during the summer or during the season," said Smalls. "Depending on how my recruitment goes and the schools I visit."