- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Boise State has done a very good job recruiting California over the years, but this past weekend proved what a challenge it can still be to hold onto verbal commitments when one of the in-state schools comes calling.
Wide receiver Jack Austin (Chino Hills, Calif./Chino Hills) had been committed to Boise State for months, but it took all of three weeks for the new coaching staff at Cal to reel him in.
"About three weeks ago, Coach [Tony] Franklin, the offensive coordinator, contacted me and asked me to meet with the coaches," Austin said. "They came in on a couple of in-home visits and on the last one, Coach [Sonny] Dykes invited me up on a trip."
Austin took his official visit to Cal this past weekend and left as the newest member of the Golden Bears' recruiting class.
"When Cal presented the opportunity, I felt like it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up," Austin said. "It's not every day you have Cal knocking on your door."
Austin said Cal has always been a special place for him, and the academic challenge and reward it presents sold him on the school almost immediately. On Sunday, before his meeting with Dykes, Austin said his father asked him if he was ready to make a decision.
"I told him I was," Austin said. "I committed to Coach Dykes during the meeting. He was really surprised. He didn't see it coming, but he was definitely happy."
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Austin will head to Cal as an outside receiver in Franklin's up-tempo, attacking offensive scheme. He said he will be on campus by the end of June and is looking forward to quickly immersing himself in the offense.
After making the switch in commitments, Austin said he is comfortable enough now to shut down the process completely.
"I am 100 percent done," he said. "It feels so good. I was able to beathe a big sigh of relief after talking to coach Dykes and I'm excited to start a new chapter."
Cal now has 24 commitments in its 2013 class, including three wide receivers.
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