Carson (Calif.) two way lineman Norris Malele took his first official visit this past weekend to Cal which capped off a great three days for the talented athlete.
Malele, 6-3, 290 pounds started the weekend with a bang Friday night when his Carson Colt squad upset the heavily favored Dorsey Dons in the Los Angeles city section semi-finals.
"No one thought we had a chance but we believed," Malele said. "Now we have to go up against Venice and no thinks we have a shot with them either but we're just going to play our hardest and lay it all on the line. Ever since Chet (Sanders) came back, we've been a different team."
Malele left immediately following the game to Berkeley for his official visit to Cal.
"I had a great time, the coaches treated us all with a lot of respect," Malele said. "I don't know if I liked it so much because it was my first trip or just because it was a great trip but I really had a lot of fun. Mathew (Malele- older cousin) was my host and it was good to see him again. He really likes it there and I can see why. It's a fun place and the players all get along so well.
"I've been to Berkeley before so I was already familiar with the coaches and the campus. We got to cruise in to San Francisco and I had a lot of fun there. The highlight for me was probably just hanging out with the guys on the team and the other recruits. We all hit it off real well, the guys from Oakland like Marshawn Lynch and Virdell Larkins. Overall it was a just a real nice time."
Malele will play in the City finals this Friday night at the L.A Coliseum and then head to Arizona for official visit No. 2.
"Mark Stoops called me this morning to set that up," Malele said. "It was my first time talking with him but he seemed real cool. My next visit will be to Washington but I don't have a date set yet. I need to call coach (Bobby) Kennedy and get that set. It could be December 19 or early in January. Chet is coming with me on that visit and we'll probably take our last two visits together as well. That could be with Oregon, Oregon State or Penn State."