- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
The California Golden Bears are still without a head coach, but Tuesday afternoon proved yet again how important assistant coaches are in the recruiting process. Assistant coach and run game coordinator Ron Gould was in Southern California to meet with running back Khalfani Muhammad (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Notre Dame) and walked away with a commitment from the four-star back.
"I thought it was the best fit for me," Muhammad said. "I took a few visits and looked around, but Cal is where I should be."
Muhammad said he wasn't concerned about the lack of a head coach, but Gould's future with the program could still play a role for the 5-foot-8, 174-pound back.
"Hopefully he'll still be around. I'll have to wait and see what direction the new coach goes in," he said. "Then I'll sit down and think about that a decide from there. Right now, nothing is changing. If anything comes up, I'll figure it out then."
Gould's success in putting players such as Marshawn Lynch and Jahvid Best into the NFL also played a part in the decision.
"He's an excellent running backs coach who has produced many backs in the NFL," Muhammad said. "That kind of coach and the success he's had, it will help me produce to the best of my ability."
Muhammad said he will compete in football as well as track at Cal. He took an official visit to Notre Dame earlier this fall and said he will schedule an official visit to California during the offseason.
He is commitment No. 14 for the Golden Bears' 2013 recruiting class and the fourth four-star commitment.