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Okafor happy with final decision

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Christian Okafor de-committed from Texas Tech last week because he said he could no longer see himself there. After a visit to Cal this weekend he found his new home and the Houston (Texas) Westbury offensive tackle said he's done with recruiting.
"This is it," Okafor said. "No more looking around for me."
The Golden Bears thoroughly impressed Okafor, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle who said early last week he was strongly considering a commitment to Cal but wanted to take a trip to Berkeley to make sure.
After his visit, Okafor said there's no doubt Cal is the right place for him.
"Early in the week I thought I was going to commit but I wasn't sure because I didn't know how the coaches were, I wasn't sure how the campus was," Okafor said. "I just had to be sure. It would have been strange to commit before I visited the place.
"It was coach (Jeff) Tedford. He's a great head coach. He wants to know his players and he wants to make sure his players do well after college. That was the main thing I was worried about, life after football.
"I knew I could do something in football and everything but what about after that? Cal demonstrated they do care about what happens after football."
Something else that influenced Okafor's decision was Cal's location. The three-star prospect said he was looking for a more populated environment especially since he's coming from Houston and doesn't want that big of a culture shock.
"Another thing that influenced me was the surrounding area," Okafor said. "You can't beat the location of Cal.
"I've been to plenty of schools that are kind of out in the middle of nowhere and since I'm coming from Houston that would be a shock to me."
Rivals.com rates Okafor as the No. 67 offensive tackle in the 2012 class. Arkansas, Baylor, Houston and Mississippi State were some other schools involved throughout his recruitment.
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