Trevellous Cheek always wanted to live on the West Coast.
The Archer defensive back will get the chance next year.
California was the first school to offer Cheek a football scholarship earlier this year and he committed to the Golden Bears this month.
"I've always been in the southeast. I want to see something different, something new," Cheek said. "It's the No. 1 public university in the country, so you can't beat that."
Cheek chose Cal over offers from Kentucky and Central Florida. He said he's received a lot more interest from schools since committing to Cal.
"UCF and Kentucky were real good schools, but me and my mom and dad were attracted to the academics with Cal," Cheek said. "I could have waited (to commit), but I felt comfortable with that and knew that's where I wanted to spend the next four years."
Cheek first got his offer from Cal in February and spent the next few weeks learning more about the school.
"I sent my film to Cal and they responded right away," Cheek said. "I called coach (Ashley) Ambrose and we just clicked. I felt comfortable with the coaches and the team. I think I'll fit in well with the defense. I always wanted to go out west."
Cheek is the second Gwinnett County player to commit to the Golden Bears. Norcross defensive back Shon Akins committed to the program earlier this month.
"We train together, we're real good friends," Cheek said. "He didn't try to get me to commit, but we talked about how we'll fit in. We want to go in and start playing. We're trying to bring the south to the west. He knew it was a decision I needed to make for myself."
Cheek committed to Cal before ever visiting the school. He went last week to the Berkeley-based campus for a visit.
"It's a whole different world out there," Cheek said. "The atmosphere is completely different and not like the Southeast."
As a junior, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Cheek made 35 tackles and helped Archer to its first playoff appearance. He maintains a 2.7 GPA and plans to major in business or physical therapy.
Cheek is the first player from third-year program Archer to commit to a Division I-BCS school. The Tigers have had five players sign the last two years, but none have been with a Division I school.
"I believe Archer is going to be something special in the coming years," Cheek said.
Archer defensive lineman Antonio Riles is another highly recruited rising senior with offers from Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Clemson.
With National Signing Day still more than nine months away, seven Gwinnett players have made verbal commitments. Central Gwinnett's Trey Johnson (Auburn), North Gwinnett's Donnie Miles (North Carolina), Brookwood's Kyrin Priester (Georgia), Grayson's Wayne Gallman (Clemson) and South Gwinnett's Reginald Carter (Georgia) have already selected schools in addition to Akins and Cheek with Cal.