The California Golden Bears have some offensive line concerns going forward, but this year's class looks like a strong one. With Jake Curhan and Dwayne Wallace already signing financial aid agreements, Cal has booked two offensive linemen to arrive for the spring. Incoming on National Signing Day are hopefully several more, including Daniel Juarez and Gentle Williams.
But the usual suspects are doing their best to pounce on our Golden Bear prospects and try and get a flip or two. One particular target is Cal offensive line commit Francisco "Paco" Perez, who the UCLA Bruins are doing their best to land. Washington State is also in pursuit, but this feels like it will be a Cal-UCLA battle to the end.
One school that hasn't backed off Perez is UCLA and the big lineman will take his official visit to Westwood this coming weekend. The Bears still have a chance to make the last impression on Perez before he has to make a final call.
UCLA offered Perez in early December is taking a visit to Westwood this weekend. Perez should use his final visit on Cal next week. If Perez doesn't commit to the Bruins this week, Cal should feel like they're in good shape.
"The in-home with UCLA was great," said Perez. "We talked with Coach (Demetrice) Martin and Coach (Adrian) Klemm. They were mainly talking with my parents and were just connecting with them and getting to know them. They just wanted to talk with my parents. My parents were excited. We had a big meal prepared."
The Bears need tough linemen like Perez to enter the fray and ensure better offensive line depth, but it looks like Cal will have to fight off the competitors to keep Paco in the fold. Luckily it still seems he's still very happy with the Bears. More from Huffman.
"Coach (Brandon) Jones came by two weeks ago for an in-home," said Perez. "I was pretty happy about Coach (Sonny) Dykes staying. I'm looking forward to going on my visit there."
For now, Perez will lay low.
"I'm still committed to Cal, I'm just going through the process and making sure," said Perez. "I might still take one more visit somewhere, but I'm not sure. It might just be Cal and UCLA."