Staying closer to home seems like a priority for 2015 offensive lineman Bar Milo so his upcoming trip to Cal could play a big role as his early recruitment continues.
So far, Cal, Miami and Washington have offered the 6-foot-6, 305-pound recruit from West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade and he's expected to be in Berkeley within two weeks.
"Coach (Zach) Yenser and I from Cal have decided I'm going to come up in two weeks," Milo said. "I'm going to drive up there and see practice, look around and they're going to give me a whole tour of the place.
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"Being that it's in California, that's already a plus. I want to be able to be close to my parents. They really want me to be close. They really want me to go to USC or UCLA for the same reason but I've heard great things about the facilities at Cal and I just want to see how practice works."
Neither USC nor UCLA has offered yet but Milo has heard only positive comments from both coaching staffs.
He hopes as his junior season gets underway that an offer could be coming from the Bruins and Trojans. After working out at Oregon this summer, the Ducks also seem highly interested and Milo said he's waiting patiently to see if that offer comes, too.
"UCLA has been saying for a long time that they will offer," Milo said. "I haven't gotten it yet so I'm just waiting.
"Coach (Ed) Orgeron from USC was talking to my head coach saying how I impressed him and how I'd be a great addition but it will take time for there to be serious recruiting. Coach (Steve) Greatwood from Oregon is really impressed with me. I think I did pretty well during the one-on-ones at camp."
Milo has a connection at Washington with former teammate Taylor Hindy being there and he was seriously considering a trip to Seattle this summer but it won't work out. Still, the Huskies are very much in his recruitment as things move forward.
"I was also going to make my way up to Washington but I already booked a flight to Oregon for camp," Milo said.
"I can't be spending all my parents' money on flights. I was planning to go up to Washington. Taylor Hindy was a senior my freshman year and he showed me the ropes. He told me to come up and he wanted to show me around. Unfortunately I can't make my way up there."