California pushed its 2013 recruiting class to 10 commitments on Thursday, as athlete Darius Allensworth (Romoland, Calif./Heritage) made the call for Jeff Tedford’s program.
"The main factor for me was what I can get out of the school without football," Allensworth said. "It's the No. 1 public university in America and you can't beat the education at Cal. It's just a great place with the surroundings. It's just the place for me."
The 5-foot-11, 174-pound athlete previously committed to the Arizona Wildcats in April, but as his recruitment picked up over the spring and summer, his options grew. An offer from California in early July, combined with an unofficial visit to Wisconsin and heavy interest from the Golden Bears, Badgers and UCLA Bruins, began his process of opening things up, and Allensworth announced his decommitment from Arizona two weeks ago.
California was poised to take advantage, as Allensworth visited the campus the following weekend. The three-star athlete said that during the visit he wanted to get a feel for what his relationship with the coaching staff would be like, and he came home with nothing but positive things to say about the trip.
In Allensworth, the Golden Bears add a versatile athlete, capable of playing wide receiver or cornerback. As a junior, Allensworth caught 30 passes for 395 yards and five touchdowns, and added 64 tackles and four interceptions, as he helped lead Heritage to the CIF championship game.
Allensworth committed to California out of a final group that also included Arizona, UCLA and Wisconsin. He said going into the decision that he didn’t want to make it this time if it wasn’t going to be final, as he doesn’t want to go through the decommitment and recommitment process again.
"It feels good to make the decision," Allensworth said. "Now I can concentrate on my team and go out and win some games."