SoCal '09 LB Talks About Cal Unofficial

California welcomed several stellar underclassmen to their game against USC over the weekend, including San Pedro (Calif.) linebacker Robert Franco, one of the top backers in the Golden State for 2009...

San Pedro (Calif.) linebacker Robert Franco was one of the many 2009 recruits who visited Berkeley over the weekend for California's game with USC.

Though it was a cold and rainy night, the elite junior more than enjoyed his experience at Memorial Stadium.

"I liked the energy and the fans were unreal for a rainy and cold day," said Franco. "I thought it would be empty, but the stands were full and the energy level was high."

Franco spoke briefly with linebackers coach Kenwick Thompson.

"Coach Thompson welcomed us fieldside and let Robert know that Cal is looking for backup in the linebacker corp for the future," said his father, Bob. "It was wet and cold but Robby and I were field side meeting players and coaches that made us feel welcome. Even in the pouring rain the Cal fans turned out in mass"

Despite coming up short in the game, Franco was impressed with the toughness of the Cal players.

"The team never gave up and played a tough game. I liked the energy on the sidelines because they fought until the end," said Franco.

Franco is not done taking unofficial trips yet. He will be at the Oregon-UCLA game next weekend, and plans to visit Oregon and Stanford unofficially before the season concludes.

The next step for Franco is the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio in January.

A preseason all-state underclass pick, Franco finished with over 100 tackles for the Pirates in 2007.

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