Bears Go Big

Bears Go Big

The California football coaching staff continued its push to stock up on jumbo athletes, extending scholarship offers to Paramount (Calif.) offensive guard Chris Borrayo and Arvada (Colo.) Ralston Valley offensive tackle Dan Skipper just before the December dead period.

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While he is still committed to Tennessee, Arvada (Colo.) Ralston Valley offensive tackle Dan Skipper added two big new offers to his already-lengthy list on Wednesday -- California and Ohio State -- while Paramount (Calif.) offensive guard Chris Borrayo secured an official offer from the new Golden Bears coaching staff.

The 6-foot-10, 295-pound Skipper has already taken two official visits -- to Tennessee and Michigan -- and still has two more scheduled to Arkansas and Ole Miss, leaving one left for him to take to either Berkeley or Columbus.

"I like Cal, and I'm interested in learning more about them," said Skipper, who says he spoke to both Mark Tommerdahl and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. "I'm going to do some research and it's a place that I'd like to go visit before I move forward with anything ... They think that I can play the tackle for them and that I'd be a good, big guy who can step in and make a difference."

The three-star prospect is ranked as the No. 47 tackle in the 2013 class. The Bears communicated with Skipper "a little bit" before the coaching change, but he says that nothing really came out of it.

"As of right now, I'm not sure where I'm going to visit," Skipper said. "Ohio State offered last night as well, so I've got to weigh all of my options."

While Skipper was fairly muted in his response to the offer, Borrayo was ecstatic that the first Division I offer he received was reinforced by wide receivers coach Rob Likens on Wednesday.

"They are brand new, so I really can't say much about them, because I've only gotten to talk with Rob Likens," Borrayo said. "They told me they're working on getting an O-line coach right now, but he was really energetic. I got that from him."

Borrayo says that Cal ranks as his top choice, because the 3.3-GPA student says that his whole goal of playing in college is to get an education, and that he wants to study law enforcement or kinesiology.

"They're the best school," Borrayo said, though he stopped short of saying that he'd commit when the Bears add an official offensive line coach. "There are a lot of factors, but I do like Cal, let's put it that way. It's mainly academics, but there are other factors."

Borrayo made an unofficial visit on Oct. 5, along with several other recruits, and after receiving confirmation of his Cal offer, he's already set up an official for the weekend of Jan. 12.

"I knew I had an offer before, but when it came through that it was official, I was really excited," Borrayo said.

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