Charles Germany-Satchell, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound, two-star safety/wide receiver from Milpitas, Calif., committed to California in early January over Washington and Arizona State. He says he also had offers from Oregon, Utah, San Jose State and LSU. Although Satchell has been committed for a few weeks now, he says he hasn't spoken to any media yet. "I've really only talked to the coaches. I haven't heard from any reporters or anything," he said.
"It felt like the right time and I didn't want to carry it on longer," Germany-Satchell said. "I felt I should let the other schools look at other guys and not worry about me."
Satchell, ranked as the No. 137 safety in the country by Scout.com, visited Cal on Dec. 14 and says it was after that visit that he decided he wanted to go to Cal. "Cal was actually last on my list before that visit," he said. "I liked Washington and Arizona State more and I really didn't think I'd like Cal. It's only 45 minutes away and I thought it would be boring."
All that changed after his trip to Berkeley. "I loved it," he said. "I couldn't find anything wrong with them. It's like the perfect place. I'm really comfortable with all the players and I like the incoming freshman class a lot too. I think they'll be a great team. It's just a family there."
Satchell says the Bears were originally recruiting him for safety, but now say he'll play wide receiver. "Once they saw my highlight tape at receiver, they said I'll play offense," he said. "They are losing like five receivers so it's a great opportunity for me to come in and play early."
He also visited Washington on Dec. 7 and Arizona State on Oct. 27.
Satchell said he was a fan of Michigan while growing up. "I just loved Charles Woodson and I even became a Raiders fan because of him," he said. "But I knew that Michigan was way too cold for me, so I never really thought about going there."
Satchell finished his senior season with 20 receptions and eight touchdowns. On defense, he had 67 tackles. He benches 290-pounds and has a 37-inch vertical jump.
"As a safety I react to the ball well and have good speed," he said. "I can recover fast and I'm real physical. I'm not scared of making a big tackle or going after a catch. I'm aggressive with the ball and I'm hard to bring down.
"I need to get stronger and I'm really working on improving my core strength," he said. "I want to get better balance and work on my breakaway speed."
He reports a 2.3 core GPA and a 1380 SAT (three-parts) and is qualified.