Zach Kline took an unofficial visit to UCLA this weekend and then on his way home stopped by Cal where he picked up a verbal offer and promptly committed.
It took the 2012 quarterback from Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley only a few seconds to make up his mind.
"I stopped by Cal on the way home and talked to coach (Jeff) Tedford and he offered me and I committed in probably about 10 seconds of him saying that," Kline said. "I've wanted to go to that school since I was four years old.
"It's just that feeling when you go to the games, when you step on campus, when you're in Berkeley, near it, it just brings out that vibe like, 'I want to go here so badly.' I just know. There's something deep down. It gives me goose bumps when I realize I just committed to my dream school that I wanted to go to forever."
One of the top quarterbacks at the Elite 11 this summer, Kline said Cal and Oregon State had been showing him the most interest and that Florida, Notre Dame, Duke and Cincinnati had recently gotten involved.
But the Golden Bears were always his favorite team and after the verbal offer came from Tedford this weekend it almost became a no-brainer.
Kline, a 6-foot-2, 192-pound prospect who has an exceptionally strong arm, finished with 132 passing yards in San Ramon Valley's 16-13 victory Friday against San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty, where Cal quarterback commit Kyle Boehm goes to school.
"I went (to Tedford's office) and we started talking about the Mitty game and how all they needed to see was some varsity film and some varsity games and he said, 'What I saw was enough,'" Kline said.
"'You have a home here as a Bear and you have a scholarship here. By NCAA rules we can't give you a written offer right now but we can give you a verbal,' and in about five seconds of me processing what he said I babbled out my answer.
"I said it's a 100 percent strong verbal. I want to be there more than anything. I'm not even going to think about other schools. It's a 100 percent verbal. I want to go there."
Kline is Cal's first 2012 commit. The Golden Bears have eight commits in the 2011 class including Boehm, one of five four-star pledges.