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Cal commit sees Stanford game

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Hardy Nickerson committed to Cal in July and is still pretty solid with the Golden Bears so the Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd inside linebacker said there isn't much to his unofficial visit to Stanford this past weekend.
"It was just a trip over there, they've been in a little bit of contact, and they told me I could go to the game so I went over and watched the game," Nickerson said.
"It looked like a lot of fun to play in. It was a very fun environment and a very pumped-up game. They're not really aggressive yet. Coach Pep Hamilton has been recruiting me so I just went by the game."
Never ruling anything out, though, Nickerson said if the Cardinal offered it would give him something new to consider in his recruitment.
Stanford continues to show interest since Nickerson said he spotted a Cardinal coach at his game against San Leandro, Calif., on Thursday night. Bishop O'Dowd starts playoffs this weekend.
The 6-foot, 218-pound prospect said Stanford could offer but other teams have really backed off after he committed to Cal this past summer.
"They came by my game on Thursday night but other than that everything else has quieted down," Nickerson said. "I would probably consider it but I don't know. I would have to talk to my parents and see what's going on."
Colorado State, UNLV, UTEP, Colorado, Idaho, Navy, Nebraska and Utah have also offered Nickerson, but he decided the Golden Bears were the team for him and he doesn't appear to be backing off that pledge.
"I'm pretty solid," Nickerson said. "First of all the proximity to home and the balance between athletics and academics really stood out. I really felt at home there.
"I think I'm pretty much done. It all depends on what happens because recruiting moves fast. I'll just take it a day at a time."
Rivals.com rates Nickerson No. 34 at inside linebacker in the 2012 class and No. 85 in the California state rankings. He finished with 116 tackles in 12 games last season.
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