Schwartz Checks Out the Bears

Schwartz Checks Out the Bears

A few days after receiving their second offensive line commitment in 2006, another big target visited Berkeley last weekend to see the Bears' exciting overtime win over the University of Washington.

6-5/300 Palisades (CA) High School offensive guard Mitchell Schwartz made his first official visit of the season, making the trip up from Southern California to see the Bears run their 2006 winning streak to 7 games in their victory over the Huskies.

Schwartz spoke highly of the Bears after returning home from his visit.

"The school is so balanced athletically and academically," said Schwartz. "It's such a top program in both -Top 10, Top 15 in football and Top 5 academically. Spending time with the players, they all get along and you can tell they really like each other and like it up there. It's a great situation there."

Schwartz' recruitment began in earnest this summer, as Schwartz participated in Cal's summer camp and had a chance to get to know his main recruiters, Offensive Line Coach Jim Michalczik and Running Backs Coach Ron Gould, who covers recruiting in Southern California.

"You can tell by talking to the coaches that they know what to do and they know how to coach and get the most out of their players," said Schwartz. "That's very impressive."

As for the Bears performance Saturday:

"I've seen Cal play better," said Schwartz. "It wasn't one of their best games. But they put up the win when they didn't have their best stuff. It was a close game and they pulled out a good win. It showed how great a team they are that they could pull out a win in that type of situation no matter how they were playing. Later in the year, I'm sure they'll be playing better –when they need their best games."

Schwartz is looking to make is decision by sometime in December.

Previous favorites included Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Cal, Stanford and Oregon, although he appears to be leaning towards the latter four.

With his brother Geoffrey playing OL at Oregon, some feel that Oregon might lead in the race for Schwartz, but that's a notion the big lineman discounts.

"I've been up to visit more with my brother there and gotten to know the coaches," said Schwartz, "but I'll be a freshman when he's a senior and if we were able to play together, it would only be for one year, so that's not a real big factor.

"It will come down to where I'm most comfortable and where I can have fun and where I can have the best chance to succeed as a player and a person, concluded Schwartz."

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