Win-Win Situation For Huber

Cal's nationally televised 45-21 win over then-11th ranked Oregon paid its first dividends this week as the first of eight visitors in the blowout win made a commitment to play for the Cal Bears.

Peninsula High School offensive guard Todd Huber gave word to the Bears this week that he was committing to the University of California.

On Huber's most recent visit during the win over Oregon on the 7th, everything went in the Bears' favor. The crowd was at its rocking-best, rattling the old Memorial Stadium bleachers from the opening kick till the last seconds ticked off the clock in their victory over the Ducks.

"I had a lot of fun," said the 6-3/282 Huber. "Everything was perfect. It was a good game to come up for.

"The crowd was awesome. I mean, they were up by a big margin towards the end of the game and it didn't matter whether it was 2nd and 10 or whatever. It didn't really have to be a big play and everyone was up cheering. It was definitely intense. They're a really loyal crowd."

Rather than getting swept up in the euphoria of the exciting win and excellent visit, Huber decided to methodically analyze his decison and spent the past week talking through his options with his family.

"I told everyone once I knew where I would go, I'd make my decision," said Huber. "It just felt right.

"I called (Cal running backs coach) Ron Gould and he just went crazy," said Huber. "I don't think he expected me to commit this early. He was happy.

"I also got text messages from Coach Tedford and Coach Michalczik, too. It was exciting."

Huber's Peninsula team is having a rare down year after a run of strong seasons. Coming off a loss last night to fall to 2-5 on the year, Huber was down coming into the game this afternoon between Cal and the University of Washington, but the close Bears victory brought the excitement back for Huber.

"It was nice that everything didn't go wrong this weekend," laughed Huber. "My high school team's been having a rough year. We were 11-1-1 last year and 11-2 the year before so it's been hard to get used to losing and all the injuries.

"But I'm just really excited to be committed to Cal," said Huber. It's an awesome school and Top 10 program athletically and academically.

Huber is playing center and defensive tackle for his Peninsula squad this season.

"I'll probably play center at Cal," said Huber. "But it's possible that I'll play some guard, too. I think it's a lot easier to go from center to guard than the other way around because of calls and responsibilities on assignments."

Huber estimates he has had 65 pancake blocks this season to go along with 46 tackles on defense.

Huber also had a stellar junior season, with 72 pancake blocks at center as well as 8 sacks and 90 tackles on the defensive line.

He continued his excellent production with a standout performance at the Stanford Nike camp last summer, being named camp MVP after impressively handling the best defensive linemen in the camp as well as running a strong 5.04 forty as well as a stellar 4.55 shuttle.

Huber admitted that he had somewhat of a stereotype of what Berkeley would be like before he visited Cal, as did his parents.

"My dad would crack hippy jokes about Berkeley before we visited but he really came around," said Huber, laughing. "When we came up for the Oregon game, you could see how excited the fans were and how beautiful the campus was. The sun was shining and everyone was out. It's just a real nice atmosphere there in Berkeley. I enjoyed it, my family enjoyed it and they were really happy with my decision.

"We're going out tomorrow night for my mom's birthday and we just have so many things to celebrate. It's nice to have the decision made.

"I think I fit in well with the program, whether it's at center or guard. I'm just going to get under the field as soon as I can. I know I can learn a lot from (Cal center) Alex Mack while he's still there. He's a great player and a great guy.

"Cal is consistently a winner," said Huber. "With Coach Tedford there, they've won every year and really haven't had any down years. I'm coming into a winning program right away.

"I'm coming into win-win situation," concluded Huber. "You've got a great academic school, you've got a great football program. It's the complete package. I can't wait to get up there."


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