Jason Gibson called the Cal coaching staff after Monday's practice and delivered news the Golden Bears had been waiting months to hear: He was ready to commit.
The four-star defensive end from powerhouse Gardena (Calif.) Serra picked Cal over Oregon, Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Arizona, Florida, Miami, Stanford, Washington, Washington State and many others.
"Just got off the phone and I'm committed to Cal," Gibson said in a text message.
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Rivals.com rates the 6-foot-3, 212-pound prospect fifth at weak-side defensive end, No. 150 nationally and No. 18 in the California state rankings. He has taken multiple trips to Cal and said that he knew that's where he always wanted to be. Just to be sure, though, he took other visits to compare.
"In the beginning I knew that's where I wanted to be but I wanted to take some visits just to make sure and not have any regrets or doubts," Gibson said. "It's nice to finally get it out there that I'm committed."
Gibson still has one more game to focus on since the Cavaliers have been chosen to play Folsom, which defeated Sacramento Grant by 21 points in its last game, in a CIF bowl game Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Big news came out of Serra this weekend as well when five-star wide receiver George Farmer committed to USC.
It has been a banner day for Cal, which earlier received a commitment from four-star defensive end Todd Barr out of Lakewood, Calif. Rivals.com rates Barr No. 11 at strong-side defensive end, No. 111 nationally and No. 10 in the state rankings.
Could things get even better for the Golden Bears on Tuesday?
That's when four-star safety Avery Walls out of McDonough (Ga.) Eagle's Landing Christian is expected to make his commitment and a source said Cal should be considered the leader with him as well.
Connecticut, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA and Virginia made a previous cut for Walls, rated as the eighth-best safety in the 2011 class by Rivals.com.