With dead period a week done, the coaches have been out on the recruiting trail and racking up numerous frequent flyer miles before they get ready to host recruits for Cal's big visit weekend. College football teams don't have too many chances left to do in-home visits, so this is the last chance for Cal to make an impression on some prospects who will not be able to make the trip to Berkeley in January.
Cal has not only visited multiple top targets like five-star athlete Demetris Robertson, but are also trying to ensure that their commits do not get poached by encroaching programs.
Let's take a look at a few of the prospects we know publicly the Bears have visited.
Had a good in-home visit with Coach Dykes and Coach Peeler! pic.twitter.com/9S2klmBgFO— Gentle Williams (@afroman64) January 18, 2016
One possible prospect who is still hearing from other schools is Gentle Williams. The Mississippi lineman is one of the big uglies the Golden Bears have recruited to try and bring balance back to their offensive line depth, but right now his final signing to Berkeley could depend on whether a local school shows him love or not.
More from Yancy Porter at Scout in an interview from Williams back in December.
On recent contact with Ole Miss:
"(Ole Miss offensive line) coach (Matt) Luke came to my house for a visit not too long ago and told me his plan and everything, what he wants to do. He wants to (set up an official visit) sometime in January. They're a whole lot closer to home than Cal, but I like coach Luke. He's a pretty good coach and makes you feel comfortable."
On what he likes about Cal, the school he's committed to:
"As of right now, that's my best offer. I went with what's best for me and what could be the best for me for right now."
Williams is a Mississippi product, and has heard a bit from local schools like Ole Miss. With prospects like Paco Perez being targeted by UCLA, holding onto every target they can get is vital.
Josh Drayden, cornerback
Drayden is one of Cal's few Texas commits, and since his commitment to the Bears back in the summer he has remained firmly solid. He'll be part of Cal's big official visit weekend in January, and will be a Bear on National Signing Day.
Great In-Home Visit from California pic.twitter.com/Il5N2i8L4c— Joshua Drayden (@JOZAY__) January 16, 2016
Logan Gamble, wide receiver
Great @ home visit with my future head coach! Planning on doing great things in the near future! @CALCoachDykes pic.twitter.com/CRoxKFaGfQ— LOGAN GAMBLE (@Lowguhhn) January 20, 2016
The Cal legacy could be one of the contenders at inside wideout in the upcoming years, and his recruitment is done. He will visit this weekend and be a Bear.
Check out this interview with Gamble to learn more about how excited Gamble is to be a Bear.
Huge shoutout to @PeelsJP for flying out to visit! pic.twitter.com/EqeFPWMJ7f— Matt Laris (@MatthewLaris) January 19, 2016
Like most of the other commits, Laris is locked in on Cal, especially after winning a state title in Washington.
Yaghi is all in on Cal. Expect no drama here from the Santa Ana defensive tackle, who will try and provide the Bears another big body at a position of dire need.
Too much handsome in one picture! Thanks for coming coaches pic.twitter.com/6mTdhl7vAg— GRIS (@chrisyaghi) January 20, 2016