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McNamara recaps Cal visit

12/8/2011

Tight end Taylor McNamara (San Diego, Calif./Westview) took official visit No. 4 this past weekend to check out Cal. He has one more visit left before he’ll have to make a very tough decision.

McNamara has already visited Colorado, Notre Dame and Washington and will check out Oklahoma (Dec. 16). The visit to Cal was one the tight end almost canceled but he’s glad he made it out.

“I really had a good time, it was well worth it,” McNamara said. “There was only a few other players there but that was cool, and I already knew Derrick Woods and KeiVarae Russell really well from being on my GK team in the summer. I’m pretty close with those guys and KeiVarae and I hung out a lot and talked about how fun it would be to play together in college because we each have Cal, Washington and Notre Dame high on our list.

“Friday night, we had dinner at Coach Tedford’s house and Zach Kline was there hanging out with us. He had a game Saturday night and me and KeiVarae actually had a chance to go watch it. It was crazy, there was like 14,000 people there and Zach killed it. He’s an amazing player and is going to be a stud at Cal for sure."

Food was also something that could help the Bears land the four-star prospect.

"This may sound funny, but one of the highlights of the visit was later that night," he said. "I had the best donut I’ve ever eaten in my life. I’m not even kidding, I watched them glaze the thing right in front of me and ended up eating four of them. It was incredible.”

McNamara said one of his reservations about taking the visit was his concern about how Cal uses the tight end. He had a chance to talk with Coach Tedford about that.

“He told me they haven’t had a real athletic tight end in a while and if they did, they would use him more,” McNamara said. “He said they need a guy like me who can stretch the field and I kind of expected him to say that. He’s a great coach and a great guy and I really like Cal a lot.

“Academically, it’s one of the best schools in the country. The new facilities they’re building are incredible and will blow away Oregon and every other school when they’re done. The school is close to home and Cal is the one school that my family could go to every home game with out a problem. It’s just a little over a 5-hour drive and that’s a big thing, too.”

McNamara said right now, he truly has no favorites and is gearing up for a very tough decision.

“I honestly don’t have any clue what I’m going to do,” McNamara said. “I had a home visit with Oklahoma Monday and that went really good. Washington came in Wednesday night and Coach Sark [Steve Sarkisian] is truly a genius. I really feel that way about him, he’s one of the smartest guys I’ve ever been around.

“Coach Tedford will be by on Thursday, and then I have my Oklahoma visit next week. OU has no tight ends right now and that’s one school where I know I can step in and play early at. It’s a great school and you would think the depth chart would be packed at every position but not tight end so I’m definitely excited about that visit and we’ll go from there.”