Steven Fanua, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound three-star middle linebacker from Milpitas, Calif., has already taken one official visit to California and has two other scheduled.
Fanua, ranked as the No. 18 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, visited the Bears on Oct. 4 when they took on Arizona State. "I had fun," Fanua said. "I've been around Cal for a long time so I already know a lot about them, but still felt like I learned a lot."
The thing that stands out the most about his Berkeley experience was being able to see firsthand what being a college football player is like. "It was great to see how the players are during game day," he said. "How they all prepare and how the coaches act.
"Being in the locker room was real exciting," Fanua said. "They are a very hyped team. Just before the game they watched a highlight film and they would bump the music up real loud getting everybody all excited.
"Then the coaches would give their speech and get the players to focus," he said. "The players seem to really respond well to the coaches."
Fanua's host was his former teammate (freshman wide receiver) Charles Satchell.
"It was fun having him show me around," he said. "We played together for two years so we know each other pretty well. He doesn't really pressure me to go to Cal or anything, but he says he's loving it there. He told me not to worry about things and just have fun with recruiting."
The Bears still lead slightly over No. 17 BYU, Fresno State, Arizona and others.
Next up for Fanua is an official trip to Fresno State on Dec. 6. "What I like most about them is their mentality," he said. "They'll take on anybody, anytime. They are usually underdogs but they play hard and never give up."
On Jan. 10, Fanua will be visiting BYU. "They are a real solid program," he said. "They have great coaches. I really like (head) coach Bronco Mendenhall and (linebackers/recruiting coordinator) coach Paul Tidwell.
"They've all been honest with me," he said. "I don't feel like they are recruiters, but more like teachers. They seem to be all about teamwork and don't sugar coat things."
Fanua says he isn't sure which other programs he'll visit. "I haven't really put too much thought into it," he said. "I'm still keeping my options open. I've got a few visits set, but don't have a final five yet. I'm not in a rush to make a decision."
Another school that Fanua is considering visiting is Arizona. "They've really impressed me this year," he said. "They are playing really hard and doing well."
All of these schools have offered as well as Hawaii, Colorado, Arizona State, Oregon, San Diego State, Boise State, Oregon State, UNLV and Portland State.
Milpitas High School has a 6-1 record and Fanua claims about 85 tackles.
He says he wants to major in sports medicine and reports a 2.7 core GPA and a 1580 SAT.