Zach Hoffpauir has decided to de-commit from Cal but the three-star safety from Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial said the Golden Bears are not eliminated from his recruitment.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound prospect said he will consider Cal, Arizona State and Stanford over the next few days and most likely reach a final decision on National Signing Day.
"I did de-commit but it was more to keep my options open," Hoffpauir said. "I'm still looking at Cal hard so it's not like I'm not thinking about them.
"I'm looking at all three of those schools. I talked to Cal and told them I am and they have just as good a shot as the other ones so don't be surprised if I de-commit and then end up signing with them."
Hoffpauir, who intends to play football and baseball in college, said D.J. Foster's commitment to Arizona State on Friday morning plays a role in his recruitment but is by no means a determining factor for him.
The two Arizona standouts are friends but Hoffpauir said he still has to figure out what's best for his own situation.
"I'm still going through the pros and cons and deciding what I want to do," Hoffpauir said.
"In some ways (it does play a factor) but not as much that I'm going to go that school just because he committed. Of course, I'd love to play with D.J., we're good friends, but I have to do what's best for me and find the best fit for me, too. That's most important to me.
"I wouldn't be thinking about Stanford if I couldn't get in so being admitted was a really big deal."
Rivals.com rates Hoffpauir as the No. 29 safety in the 2012 class and No. 11 in the Arizona state rankings. He had been committed to the Golden Bears since September.