The Bears added more quality depth in the defensive backfield this morning as Heritage (Menifee, CA) High School defensive back/wide receiver Darius Allensworth announced at a school rally that he decided to verbally to commit to Cal.
After committing early to Arizona, Allensworth opened up his recruitment last month as his options expanded.
Though the Wildcats were still in his final four, along with Cal, Wisconsin and UCLA, the Bears won out in the end.
"Wisconsin won back-to-back championships and went to two straight Rose Bowls and have great coaches," said Allensworth. "UCLA has a strong new staff with Jim Mora and is two hours away from home and Arizona was my first offer and always shows me love and has great coaches with a nice campus.
"But Cal's a beautiful place and is one of the top academic schools in the nation. (Cal head) Coach (Jeff) Tedford's a great guy as is (defensive backs) Coach (Ashley) Ambrose. I really like him as a person and as a coach. (DL) Coach (Todd) Howard covers my area and we have a good relationship, too. He's a cool guy and a good dude.
"Cal's campus and being the #1 public institution, their locaction -both not too far and not too close to home-, their great weather a atrong program, great coaches and facilities -it's hard to beat."
The 5-11/175 Allensworth visited earlier this month and had a chance to tour the stadium and facilities as well as campus and student housing and liked what he saw.
"The high performance center was nice, super nice," said Allensworth. "From what I know, it's one of the best in the nation."
Allensworth decided to make the early call to be able to put the distractions of the recruiting process behind him and finish what he started with his Heritage teammates.
"I want to focus on my season and my teammates so I wanted to get this all wrapped up," said Allensworth.
Though the 3 star Allensworth excels on both sides of the ball, he's being recruited by Cal as a defensive back -the position Allensworth notes that he prefers to play and where he tallied 61 tackles and four interceptions in 2011.