Erik Brown took his official visit to Cal last weekend when the Golden Bears got shellacked by USC but the four-star receiver doesn't seem too concerned with Cal's losing season.
He plays for a young team. Cal is a young team. So Brown understands that things won't stay this bad for a long time and that's one reason why the Golden Bears really do stand out in his recruitment.
"I love the atmosphere at Cal," Brown said. "Even the fact that they're losing we have kind of the same problems at Summit. We're a very young team and so are they and both of us have years to go. I definitely understand their situation. Losing plays no part for me. I'm definitely interested in being a Golden Bear.
"I understand what's going to happen to young teams."
Rated as the No. 20 wide receiver and No. 120 in the 2014 class by Rivals.com, Brown said he loved the players at Cal and how they all spent time together. While still committed to Washington, the four-star recruit said the Golden Bears are under serious consideration.
"The thing that stood out most to me was the family environment," Brown said. "Even the redshirt freshmen were cool with the seniors. It was just cool. We all went to dinner together and we were hanging out together. Even when the coach picked us up later at night we were talking and having a good time. I definitely loved that.
"They factor huge into my decision. It's not just about football. It's about my education also. With them being one of the best schools in the nation that plays a huge part in how I could set myself up for greatness for the rest of my life."
Cal is a contender but Brown said he remains committed to the Huskies during his final decision-making process. Brown has been locked in with Washington since early July.
"I stay committed being a man of my word but they know as well as everybody else that I'm not closing off any options," Brown said. "I'm checking all my options and we're going to see what's best for me. Right now I'm still committed to Washington and I'm still standing behind that."
The Fontana Summit standout has now taken official visits to Cal, Oregon State, Notre Dame and Nebraska.
He could take his official to Washington in mid-December but there's a chance USC offers soon and a trip there could happen instead. If that goes down, then Brown would take an unofficial visit to Washington.
"USC is coming out to the game Friday so if I happen to snatch that offer I might take a trip there and an unofficial to Washington," Brown said.
"They've been waiting on it forever. As soon as (Lane) Kiffin got out coach (Ed) Orgeron opened a lot of things up with me and my mom. We've been talking with coach (Tee) Martin and everything."