After three visits to California over the past three weeks, Napa (Calif.) wide receiver Austin Aaron decided on Saturday that three was in fact his magic number, as he finally became a third-generation Golden Bear in committing to play for Sonny Dykes at Cal.
"I bleed blue and gold, and I grew up watching this team every Saturday and hoping to one day play for them, and that just kind of sent me over the edge," Aaron told BearTerritory before making his commitment public on Saturday.
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Aaron was first discovered by Cal last summer, when he wowed offensive coordinator Tony Franklin with his size and hands at the one-day Sonny Dykes Skills Camp at Memorial Stadium. Last season, Aaron was the leading receiver for the 6-5 Indians, hauling in 48 balls – nearly twice as many as the next-most prolific pass catcher – for 910 yards and a team-high 12 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had 32 catches for 543 yards and seven touchdowns.
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The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder exploded earlier this fall, scoring offers from Brown, Cal, Duke, Harvard, Nevada, Penn, San Jose State, Utah, Yale and most recently, Jacksonville State.
Aaron made a visit to Stanford's Spring Game a week ago, and for some time, his Twitter cover photo showed him smiling and shaking hands with Cardinal head coach David Shaw, wearing a Stanford sweatshirt. Early Saturday evening, though, Aaron's cover photo changed to one of him wearing a blue and gold No. 17 Cal jersey, presaging his ultimate decision.
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