From the time he committed to Cal back in the summer, wide out Bryce Treggs (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) has been as solid a commitment to a school as any player in the country. For the first time, Treggs is questioning his commitment and will take an official visit to UCLA this weekend.
“I’m going to give UCLA a serious look,” Treggs said. “I actually had this visit planned for a while now, but in the last few weeks, I’ve started to really consider UCLA a lot more seriously. I’m still committed to Cal, but I’m going to go in to this visit with a completely open mind and give UCLA an honest look.
“I really like the new staff there, and Eric Yarber is my favorite WR coach in the world. He offered me when he was at Arizona State the summer after my freshman year. That was my first offer, and Coach Yarber has been someone I wanted to play for ever since then. My dad is real close with him and with his NFL experience, I know he could help me get to the next level, and that’s my dream.”
Bruin head coach Jim L. Mora has made a favorable impression on Treggs, as well.
“My whole family really likes Coach Mora,” Treggs said. “I like him a lot. I’ve talked to him a few times, and you can just tell he’s going to turn the program around. Coach Mora actually met my mom and grandmother, and they love him. My dad went to Cal, but he really likes coach Mora and thinks UCLA would be a great option for me. My mom went to UCLA, so she’s very high on them obviously, and I think there’s a real opportunity to play right away at UCLA and be an impact player.
“UCLA only has three receivers on the roster and I know all those guys really well. It’s close to home, and they have some good young talent, and I think they’re on the rise. They’re starting to put together a nice recruiting class as well, and I’m close with a lot of their players. This is just crazy to me that I’m even thinking of another school, because I’ve always been all about Cal, but I just need to take a step back and make sure Cal is still the best option for me.”
Treggs said the recent coaching defections at Cal haven’t been much of a factor in him questioning his commitment, but the potential fallout of the Bears' once promising recruiting class is.
“To be honest, I have no idea why everyone is freaking out over Tosh [Lupoi] leaving,” Treggs said. “I liked him too, and maybe it’s different for me because he wasn’t the one recruiting me, but he’s a defensive line coach, he was never going to coach me or most of our class. I think he did a great job of selling the Cal program, but the things he sold are still there. It’s still a great school, great academically with great facilities and a good young team. [Eric] Kiesau (Cal WR coach) was cool too, but I wasn’t going to Cal because he was there, either. It was the total package that Cal offered.
“I like Coach [Jeff] Tedford a lot, and he’s still there. I’ve been trying my best to keep this class together, but it has been tough. We lost Ellis [McCarthy], Shaq [Thompson] wants to leave the state, and a few other guys we were getting, I don’t see us getting now. I’m still calling everyone, but at the same time, I think I might need to take a step back and make sure Cal is still the best place for me. Cal is still where my heart is, but like I said, this weekend, I’m going to be totally open and see what UCLA is all about.”
In addition to UCLA, Treggs said he got a call from Notre Dame the day Kiesau left the Cal program, letting him know they’re still interested and picked up another local offer just two weeks ago.
“USC offered me,” Treggs said. “They have been talking to me on and off all year, and then the WR coach, Ted Gilmore, called me and said they were offering me a scholarship and wanted to know if I was interested. I was locked in with Cal at that time, so I kind of said, ‘thanks but no thanks.’ I appreciated the offer, but I didn’t see myself going to USC.
“Right now, I have a lot of different things going thought my head. Do I wait until signing day to make a final decision? Should I wait until after signing day? Should I lock back in with Cal and try and salvage the recruiting class or if UCLA is where I should be, do I jump on that offer and start recruiting for them? Should I visit USC? I honestly don’t know right now, but hopefully after this weekend, things will be a lot more clear for me.”