Cal linebacker coach Kenwick Thompson took the lead in Schwenke’s recruitment as the Bears offered in recent weeks then had a chance to meet up with him in person on an unofficial visit last week as Schwenke made a tour of his favorites, visiting Cal, Stanford, Oregon and Colorado to help him make an early decision.
“It was pretty fun, actually," said Schwenke. "Every school had their plusses but Cal just had more of everything to offer. "I toured the school and facilities and met the coaches and players. Everything was great."
"We're really excited for Brian," said Schwenke's stepmom, Amy. "We think it will be a real good fit for him."
Schwenke’s commitment makes the third class of ’09 D1 commit from Oceanside’s returning state champs, a 28-14 victor over previously undefeated Novato High School in the California State Championships in December, with quarterback Jordan Wynn committing to Colorado and receiver Osmond Nicholas to San Diego State.
“It was really exciting, getting picked and going to state," said Schwenke. "First we won our sectional championship but we didn’t want it to end there. We didn’t feel like it was over. The next day when we went to the local pizza place and watched the selection on TV and it was one of the most incredible moments of my life.”
Schwenke's an excellent student and Cal's academic allure combined with the strength of their program made a convert of the athletic lineman.
“My family and I are kind of academics first people and Cal is amazing," said Schwenke. "I want to go into engineering and their engineering program is at the top there. And the football program -they win games.
"I like their schemes and the way they block. They do a lot of double-teaming, which is something we do a lot at Oceanside. I find that a great type of offense to play in."
“Besides having near a 4.0 GPA, Brian’s a real bright kid and has a bright upside to his future at Cal,” said Oceanside Head Coach John Carroll.
The 6-3/265 Schwenke fits the mold that Cal offensive line coach Jim Michalczik looks for in his future linemen.
“Brian uses his feet well, has a good first move and has good quickness (4.99 forty) for a guy his size. He has fairly long arms and he’s a good technician. He’s been well coached by our offensive line coach.”
Although Schwenke didn’t play much defense for Oceanside’s state championship squad, earning one sack on the year, that will change this season for the Pirates.
“Brian will play both defensive end and offensive tackle for us this year,” said Carroll. “Fortunately last year we didn’t need many guys to play both ways but he will be this year. Brian was our full-time right tackle last year and he’ll play left tackle for us this season. I’d imagine he’ll end up playing center or guard for Cal next year.
“Brian definitely hasn’t hit his peak in growth, either. I could easily see him being a 290/300 lb guy in a couple years.”
Schwenke had recently pared down his list of finalists to Cal, Stanford, Oregon and Colorado, with Cal and Stanford being the primary consideration in the end.
If the academics and the strength of the program weren't enough to seal the deal with Schwenke, the Cal staff put the Bears over the top for him.
“Coach Thompson’s a great guy. He made the process real easy for me as my lead recruiter.
“I spent the whole day with Coach Michalczik. He’s a real straightforward guy and I like that. He said he likes my athleticism and that I may not be as big as other linemen yet but that’s good because he can help mold me. He likes my quickness, too. I think playing defense helps with my speed and I’ll be playing more d this year.
"I'm real excited about my decision," concluded Schwenke.
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