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Rigsbee makes his decision

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Jordan Rigsbee said Sunday at the Cal All-American Showcase that he was close to a decision, that something could happen in the next few weeks and that the Golden Bears and Boise State were the two finalists.
For a good while, Cal was considered the leader for Rigsbee, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman from Chico (Calif.) Pleasant Valley, because his brother plays there, he is familiar with the coaching staff and campus and he's made no secret of his interest to possibly play for Cal.
Rigsbee decided to end the process Tuesday night by committing to Cal, hardly a surprise to those following his recruitment but still a huge pickup for the Golden Bears because he's arguably the top offensive lineman in the state.
"I made a verbal commitment last night to be a Golden Bear," Rigsbee said in a text message. "I called coach (Steve) Marshall and coach (Jeff) Tedford. I am very excited."
Rivals.com rates Rigsbee No. 125 in the class and the fourth-best offensive guard behind Texas commit Sedrick Flowers, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro's Cyrus Hobbi and North Carolina pledge Jarrod James.
Throughout the recruiting process, Cal had always been a major player for Rigsbee, who said at the Rivals.com Five-Star Academy in Berkeley earlier this spring that the Golden Bears, Oregon and Boise State were his three finalists.
The Ducks were eliminated a while later and Rigsbee, who was the best offensive lineman at the recent Palo Alto NIKE Camp, visited Boise State this spring and liked what he saw. There were preliminary plans to get back there this summer before making a decision.
But Rigsbee said Sunday at the Cal camp that he was rethinking that trip and that he would probably be making a decision in the next few weeks.
That's when it became even clearer that Cal would more than likely be the pick. He decided to make his commitment days later by calling Cal's coaches and letting them know his intentions.
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