Curran On Bears Radar

Curran On Bears Radar

It's not often that a player commits to a Top 20 program where recruiting enthusiasts are caught by surprise. "Under the radar" players play a part in most every class and the Cal Bears have found one of their own.

The Bears received a commitment from freshman Butte JC tight end Skylar Curran this weekend, as Cal hosted an array of top football talent on their big recruiting weekend.

"We're excited that Skylar will be a Bear and follow in the footsteps of Garrett Cross and Aaron Rodgers," said Butte JC Head Coach Jeff Jordan.

"I just think it will be a positive for Cal to have him for three years. He has the ability to run and get a lot bigger than he is now -and he's 245 right now. I think you could add 10-15 of muscle and he'll still be able to run the way that he does.

"Skylar is more of a typical tight end. He's a little bit different than Garrett Cross, who was a wide receiver in high school and converted to a tight end here (at Butte), but Skylar's more of a true tight end. He's a very good blocker and I expect him to continue to improve on that in his few years at Cal.

We're really excited for him and the Bears. You can expect him to do some really positive things in the Bear program.

So how did Curran get on Cal's radar?

"After receiving a recommendation from Coach Jordan, (Cal Tight End) Coach (Pete) Alamar has been recruiting me all year and checked out a couple of my games and he let me know that they were very interested in me," said Curran.

"It's hard to find freshmen who are eligible to play at the next level, so I'm sure that was part of Cal's interest," said Curran.

The 6-5/240 Curran graduated from Woodland High School in 2005, but fractured his ankle the 2005 Optimist All Star Game, featuring star players in the greater Sacramento area following graduation. After missing much of his 2005 season, Curran decided to retain his eligibility and practice with the team without appearing in any games during the 2005 season.

In Butte's successful 2006 season, where they bowed out to CCSF in the state semifinals, Curran had 15 catches for 155 yards and 1 td in a Butte offense that emphasized spreading the ball around to a wide array of talented receivers.

"I'd say my strengths are my speed (4.67 forty) and athleticism and my quickness off the ball in blocking," said Curran.

"The Cal coaches want me to get out there and stretch defenses with my receiving but they also want me to stick my facemask in the chest of those big linemen that I'll be going up against and that's what I like to do, said Curran.

The Butte program has become well-known by Cal fans, with afformentioned Cal stars Aaron Rodgers and Garrett Cross coming from Butte.

"I know Aaron and Garrett come from Chico and Butte and when I got here, people were really comparing me to Garrett a lot, with my size and style of play. That's a great honor, but I'm ready to make my own name and have people say to others, "Hey, this guy reminds me of Skylar Curran," concluded Curran.

Cal fans are undoubtedly hoping the same.

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