Robert Wilkes was one of many prospects at the Oregon-Cal game this weekend and even though the Ducks convincingly won the American Canyon, Calif., prospect was impressed in Berkeley.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect in the 2014 class said it was good talking with Cal players and coaches during his unofficial visit and that the Golden Bears are recruiting him as a running back.
It's still early but Cal did a lot to impress the local standout.
"The experience was really nice," Wilkes said. "I got to talk to a lot of Cal players and they gave me and my other teammates a lot of pointers. They gave us some advice on why we should go there, that it's a good school and just seeing the atmosphere and the game was cool.
"There were a lot of Oregon fans, more than I expected, but the crowd was cool. A lot of people were there so it was kind of hectic. Just seeing the college atmosphere was nice and seeing the fans go back and forth was a good experience."
During his trip, Wilkes talked with Cal run game coordinator Ron Gould and the conversations went well.
No offer has come through yet but Gould made it clear he's highly interested in the American Canyon prospect and Wilkes plans to make a few return trips to Berkeley leading up to his senior season.
"I've been talking to coach Gould, the running backs coach, and he said to keep working hard and to stay in contact and he wants to see me after the season and at camp during the summer," Wilkes said. "He said not to become a stranger and to keep in touch with him."
Cal has been showing lots of interest and Wilkes said he's also hearing from Utah, Fresno State, Colorado, Minnesota and a little bit from Miami early in his recruitment.