When Sonny Dykes took the reins of the California football program, he pledged that the Bears would get bigger in the trenches, and that would start with this recruiting class.
On Sunday, Dykes added the eighth commit since he took over for Jeff Tedford, as Paramount (Calif.) offensive lineman Chris Borrayo pulled the trigger officially, becoming the third offensive lineman to commit under Dykes’s watch.
“I actually made my decision today,” Borrayo said on Sunday night. “I had planned to talk to my coaches first, and I was pretty much already committed, but then I got a call from coach [Zach] Yenser, the O-line coach, and I thought, I might as well just tell him now.”
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Borrayo made his decision a bit sooner than planned, as the Bears finished hosting Jared Goff, Matt Anderson, Drake Whitehurst and Johnny Ragin III during the first of three big official visit weekends.
“Mainly, it was academics,” Borrayo said. “That’s what drew me to Cal in the first place. It’s in California, my parents are in love with the school, and I’m taking my visit this Saturday, so I think after I take the visit, I’ll know why I want to go to Cal-Berkeley.”
Borrayo has already made some trips out to Berkeley, coming out to Cal for Homecoming against UCLA and during last spring on unofficial visits. Borrayo was close with former offensive line coach Jim Michalczik, but has quickly formed a bond with the new coaching staff, though the program has yet to officially announce that Yenser will likely be taking over for Michalczik as the offensive line coach.
“He answered all the questions my parents had,” said Borrayo, who had a two-hour in-home visit on Saturday. “He mentioned that he was young, and he said that he was coming from Louisiana as an assistant O-line coach, coming to be the O-line coach at Cal, and he just wanted to let us know about how he is as a person, and how he’s going to be as a coach.”
After meeting with the new staff following the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, Calif., as the seven commits and multiple Bears targets in that game assembled in a hospitality suite in the Anaheim Hilton, Borrayo felt even closer to declaring his allegiance.
“Yeah, it was really nice to be able to meet all the coaches there,” Borrayo said. “They’re all very energetic, cool people.”
Borrayo had scholarship offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Nevada, San Diego State, Washington and Washington State. He is the No. 54-ranked offensive guard in the 2013 class, and a three-star prospect.
Ryan Gorcey publishes Cal Sports Digest and writes about Major League Baseball for FOXSportsNEXT. Follow him on Twitter @RGBearTerritory.