Cavil Commits

Cavil Commits

After an eye-opening in-home visit with the newly-christened California head coach Sonny Dykes and wide receivers coach Rob Likens, former Ole Miss three-star wide receiver commit Dannon Cavil has decided to commit to the Golden Bears.

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Cavil made his official visit out to Berkeley on Oct. 5, and felt even then that Cal was going to be a contender in his recruitment, despite his commitment to the Rebels.

"It was wonderful. Cal is a wonderful school with even better people," Cavil said at the time. "I haven't taken any other official visits, but they showed me everything you could show. I had a great experience."

That great experience was built upon by Dykes and Likens during Cavil's in-home with the new crew on Wednesday, when he was exposed to the possibilities for wide receivers in the new offense.

"They talked about spread, and how it's a big spread, and that they're going to throw the ball a lot," Cavil said of his talk with Dykes and Likens, who helped guide the Louisiana Tech offense to the top of the charts last season as far as points and yards of production. "They're in a four-man set, 60 percent of the time, and they said that receivers are their priority so far, and their first plane trip was to come out and see how I felt and see if it's a fit."

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound wide receiver was offered by the Bears after his junior season, when he missed all but two quarters playing for Lake Travis (Tex.) because of hamstring problems.

Cavil is a bit of a tweener -- he's a bit of a receiver/flex tight end -- but the Bears recruited him as a straight-up wide-out. He played his senior season at San Antonio (Tex.) Madison -- where he transferred after his father -- a former military man -- took a job in the area, and had caught 18 balls for 459 yards and 5 TDs through 8 games in 2012.

Cavil moved to San Antonio from Tennessee to Lake Travis after his sophomore season, when he hauled in 21 balls for 425 yards and five touchdown, adding eight rushes for 110 yards and two scores en route to being named the 4A Newcomer of the Year.

Cavil is a big, quality possession receiver who may be a bit underrated because he missed most of his junior year due to injuries. Cavil has very good hands and a little bit of speed -- running the 40 in 4.5 seconds -- and the frame to add bulk if needed.

"Any time I've talked to any Cal coach, they say that it's not a four-to-five year deal; it's a 40-to-50 year deal, that I'm going to be around people who are like-minded," Cavil said after his in-home this week. "Football is not forever. Even if you have one of the better NFL careers, you get 10 years. The average NFL career is three years. What are you going to do for the rest of your life? You're 32 when you're done -- 30-something, 40-something -- what are you going to do for the rest of your life? It's something to think about, even though right now, I'm thinking about hitting the field and making an impact and hopefully doing my thing and going pro. That definitely hit home."

Cavil plans to enroll early along with quarterback Jared Goff and kicker Matt Anderson, and currently holds a 3.6 GPA.

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