Bay Area Battle for Bacher Heats Up

You often think of key school visits in the football recruiting cycle to take place in the fall and winter, but remember that QBs move on a timeframe months ahead of the rest of their class. Jesuit quarterback C.J. Bacher is no exception and is already in the midst of a pair of very important unofficial trips to a pair of rivals...

We recently updated you with the unofficial visit and camp plans for Jesuit (Sacramento) quarterback C.J. Bacher, who is currently sandwiched between two very big trips to the Bay Area schools.  Last week he took a day at Cal, and this week he will give Stanford a day.

Last Saturday April 5, Bacher spent the day with Cal offensive coordinator George Cortez, walking through many details of the offense and behind-the-scenes action.  The Sacramento recruit was able to sit in on a meeting of Cortez and the current Cal quarterbacks, replete with explanations of the audibles, reads, hand signals and the playcalling packages.  He also was able to watch the coach and his students break down the previous day's practice film.

Bacher then met with head coach Jeff Tedford and several other members of the coaching staff for introductions and pleasantries.  He also was given a tour of the team's football facilities, as well as the football residence halls.  Next up, Bacher was invited onto the field to watch a full scrimmage.

Says father K.C. Bacher of the trip, "CJ was very impressed with the excellent treatment he received, their apparent interest in him, the way Coach Cortez revealed the offense in a fair amount of detail, the facilities, and the system itself."  The next step for the Bears in this recruitment will come when Cortez makes the trip down I-80 to Jesuit High School to meet with Bacher's head coach, Dan Carmazzi (father of San Francisco 49er and former Jesuit QB Giovanni Carmazzi), in May.

But before that, C.J. and K.C. Bacher are making a big visit to Stanford this Friday.  The Cardinal staff will layout a similar visit, touring him around the campus and facilities, then inviting him to a team meeting with head coach Buddy Teevens, offensive coordinator David Kelly and the quarterbacks.  He will also be on the field for the team's 4 pm practice.

Cal and Stanford have been Bacher's two favorites for some time, so this visit will go a long way toward his comparative assessment of the two schools so hotly recruiting him.  We'll be bringing you his reactions and recruiting musings after the trip to The Farm.

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