Brennan Scarlett took his time with recruiting, went on many visits, researched all the major programs that offered and after all that work the four-star defensive end from Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic reached a decision.
Cal was always a favorite and couldn't be beaten.
"It was the place where I was most comfortable," Scarlett said. "I felt like it was home. It was the place where I could spend the next four years."
Scarlett, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound prospect, verbally committed to Cal over Notre Dame, Oregon, USC, UCLA and many others during a press conference at his school on Thursday. He said he plans to play defensive end and possibly some outside linebacker as well.
It's one of the biggest pickups in Cal's recruiting class because Rivals.com rates Scarlett as the ninth-best strong-side defensive end, No. 101 nationally and second in the Oregon state rankings behind Ducks' commit Colt Lyerla.
Scarlett could have even been ranked higher but he missed all of last off-season because of a knee injury and a good portion of his senior year - including the U.S. Army All-American Bowl - with a broken collarbone.
The Portland Central Catholic standout was certainly thorough in his recruitment. Scarlett took visits to many of the schools recruiting him and delayed making a commitment during the holiday season because he wanted to have in-home visits with all five of his favorites.
In recent weeks, Cal and Notre Dame emerged as the top two and Central Catholic coach Steve Pyne said his feeling was that the Golden Bears held an advantage because Scarlett really connected with their coaching staff during a visit in the summer. The academics in Berkeley also played a factor.
Cal continues to close strong in its 2011 class. Eleven of the Golden Bears' 18 commits are four-star prospects and they might have room for a few more in the class before all is said and done.