El Camino Star Joins the Bears

Staff Writer
Posted May 17, 2007


The Cal commitment train is picking up steam, as the Bears received their second So Cal JC commit in the last week and third commitment in the last two weeks today.

6-2/180 El Camino JC receiver Verran Tucker committed to the Bears this week, joining fellow So Cal JC star Shaun Mohler as new Cal commits this week.

“Cal’s close to home and it’s known for both its academics and the talent of the football team so it was a good fit for me,” said Tucker. It’s also in the Pac 10 so you get to go up against some of the best schools in the nation.

“I sat down and talked to some of my coaches, Coach Duncan and (Head) Coach Featherstone and they felt like it would be a good fit for me, too.”

“Also, I’ve felt real comfortable with the Cal coaches (WR Coach Dan Ferrigno and RB Coach Ron Gould) when they were recruiting me and when they came down today, it was more of the same and I gave them a verbal commitment.

Despite playing in a loaded receiving corps with Corey Surrency and Kayne Farquharson on El Camino's state championship squad, the former Fairfax HS receiver still garnered 23 receptions for 388 yards, 5 td’s and an amazing 16.9 yards per catch. Tucker noted that much of the offense ran through Miami commit Farquharson but that frequent double teams often left him open for big plays.

“I feel like I’ll always be a big play guy,” said Tucker, who put up 16 touchdowns in his only year of high school ball at Fairfax. I can turn a short catch into a big play. I can also outjump and outrun defenders and I get off the jam really well."

The speedy Tucker ran a 4.42 last season and has been tested at 36 inches in the vertical. A tight hamstring prevented him from running the forty at last weeks Scout So Cal Combine, but he was able to run one on one drills, where he stood out.

Cal’s style of offense was one of the main draws for Tucker to commit to Cal.

“I feel real comfortable with Cal’s offense,” noted Tucker. “They throw the ball a lot and they run option routes, where we get to choose where we can run, depending on the defense. That’s going to help me get open more.

“One of the guys that really caught my eye up there is DeSean Jackson,” said Tucker. “He’s a great player. I think I’ll learn a lot from him.”

Tucker had early offers from Arizona, Washington, Kansas State and Oklahoma State and was sure to garner more without the early commitment.

Tucker will have 3 years to play 2 for the Bears.


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