Eddie Vanderdoes said he was offered by Cal last week so his weekend visit took on even more importance because the 2013 defensive end from Placer, Calif., has the Golden Bears as one of his early favorites.
The trip to Berkeley only solidified Vanderdoes' belief that Cal could be the place for him even though he's going to take his time with recruiting.
The Golden Bears are high on his list but the junior wants to be patient.
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"It was really good up there," Vanderdoes said.
"It was a really fun experience. Coach (Tosh) Lupoi showed me around campus a little bit, he showed me the new facility they're putting in and I got to watch practice and I got to check out some of their gear which was awesome. It was a lot of fun. I got to hang out with all the other recruits so that was pretty cool."
So far, Cal, UCLA, Oregon State and San Jose State have offered Vanderdoes, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound prospect who's one of the top defensive players in California.
The Golden Bears have always been a favorite but Vanderdoes said he's not ready to end things just yet.
"Last week they unofficially offered me," Vanderdoes said. "I really like Cal. When I went down there I really felt like home. It's really close and I always went to the games. I really like the atmosphere down there. It's really nice.
"I like all the coaches and the players, the facilities are really nice that they're putting in and I like the style of defense they run. I still want to wait though. Recruiting is a lot of fun so I want to keep my eyes open for some other schools."
The 2013 prospect said he's been talking more to Purdue recently and has also been hearing from many other schools in almost every major conference. He plans to attend the U.S. Army National Combine next month in San Antonio.