Before Taylor McNamara made his way to the Los Angeles NIKE Camp this past weekend, the San Diego (Calif.) Westview tight end took an unofficial visit to Cal. The trip to Berkeley was definitely worth it.
"It was nice," McNamara said. "They're putting in this huge facility that I'm really excited about. They told me about how there are good people down there and how they get a lot of people to the league. There are a lot of good guys there. I like the coaches at Cal."
McNamara, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound recruit who was arguably the top tight end at the NIKE Camp, is visiting Arizona this week. How the Wildcats used Rob Gronkowski in their offense really stands out plus McNamara has some friends there so Arizona is being seriously considered.
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"Gronkowski really stands out there, the way they had success with him, and the coaching staff is pushing me and the opportunity to play early there is huge," McNamara said.
"I have two friends that are Arizona fans, their dad is an alum, so I have friends there, too."
McNamara said he plans to take some more unofficial visits over the next few months and then he plans to narrow it down to about five schools over the summer. He was close to making a commitment to Ohio State months ago but decided to wait things out.
McNamara said it was a great choice to hold out.
"It was a good decision," McNamara said. "It's a huge decision so you have to let things play out a little bit and they'll work themselves out."
One school McNamara is still waiting on is Oregon but the Ducks could be close to an offer since he plans to visit probably in June. Pretty much the entire Pac-10 is already involved plus many national programs as well.
McNamara said he's starting to privately put together a list of favorites but that by the summer he should be ready to make it known publicly.