Leach has productive in-home with Cali CB

Leach has productive in-home with Cali CB

A THREE-STAR CORNERBACK prospect listed as a Cal commit returned home from his official visit to Berkeley on Sunday. Just a few hours later, Wazzu head man Mike Leach and area recruiter Jim Mastro stopped by to meet with him and his parents.

Darius Allensworth (5-11, 180) out of Menifee, Calif. said the living room visit went well with Washington State.

"Coach Leach and Coach Mastro were at my house (Sunday night) for a good hour," the Heritage High corner said. "It was a good visit and they were just telling me more about the upgrades and the program. They also informed me about what I'd need to do to prepare to get to Pullman for the summer bridge program."

Allensworth, who holds double digit offers, remains committed to Cal, but said he is also still considering Washington State and Texas Tech. However, following his visit to Berkeley this weekend, Allensworth said he is not sure if the trip to Lubbock will still occur next weekend.

"I'm still debating it right now," Allensworth said. "I'm going to talk with my dad about it. I couldn't say right now if I'm going to take the trip or not. It's something I need to think about and evaluate with my parents."

As for his in-home visit on Sunday with Leach and Mastro, Allensworth said he was excited about what the Cougar coaches had to say, and his family was as well.

"My dad likes Washington State a lot," Allensworth said. "He loves Mike Leach because he's such a great coach, so we're going to keep talking with them a little bit more. He likes the Cal Coach Sonny Dykes as well. They're both similar guys because they both coached with each other at Texas Tech."

As has been previously reported by CF.C, the Cougs also have another recruiter handy in Allensworth's Heritage High teammate and Future Coug running back Jamal Morrow. Morrow, who was supposed to visit Cal this weekend but cancelled, has been in Allensworth's ear about going crimson since he committed to the Cougs back in September.

"Of course he's still trying to get me to go," Allensworth said with a laugh. "He's 100 percent committed there and he's probably one of the biggest recruiters they have. Having the chance to play with him in college really intrigues me. He's my best friend and we've been playing together for a long time. I'll play it out though and see at the end of the day what is best for me and my future."

Allensworth said there were plenty of positives that came from the trip to Cal.

"It was a good visit for me," Allensworth said. "I had a great time. I like the coaches and I developed a better connection with them following my trip. I love the campus at Cal and I've been there a few times already which is nice."

As much fun as the 5-11, 180-pound CB had in Berkely, he did note that he enjoyed his official visit to Washington State on Jan. 18 just as much.

"Pullman is more of a college town all around," Allensworth said. "Berkely has its perks as well though. Pullman has that community feel, but with Cal, Oakland is next to it and so is San Francisco. I can't compare them really, but I like both campuses the same.

"I'm looking for a college where I could see myself living for the next 4-5 years. I can see that in both schools. They both have different lifestyles, but they both are places I could see myself living in."

Allensworth has one more in-home visit scheduled with the Cal coaching staff on Wednesday. He said he's not quite sure when he will close his recruitment.

"I'm not really sure yet, but I'm going to have to make a decision here pretty soon because signing day is coming up next week," he said. "I'm looking forward to it though so I can relax a little bit. It'll be a weight lifted off my shoulders."

NOTABLE NOTE:
Allensworth's recovery from a torn ACL earlier in the fall remains on schedule. He had surgery in early December and told CF.C things are looking great. "My knee is doing really good right now," Allensworth said. "It's taking time, but I'll be good to go in the fall. None of the coaches I've talked with have talked to me about grayshirting. I should be able to run full speed and make my cuts in May."

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