Bears Land No. 1 at Junior Day

Darren Ervin

Houston (Tex.) Lamar athlete Darren Ervin did his research heading into last weekend's Cal Junior Day. The Bears had what he wanted: the right offense, the right environment and the right major. When head coach Jeff Tedford made the offer on Saturday, Ervin didn't have to think twice. Now, Tedford just needs to figure out where to play him, Wildcat, perhaps…

Darren Ervin (5-11, 195) can do it all on offense.

Whether running, receiving or throwing, he has the ability to play multiple positions at the next level.

After competing in the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio in early January, Ervin's recruitment started to pick up. He received invites to junior days at Houston and LSU, but it wasn't until Cal linebacker coach Kenwick Thompson came by Lamar High School and talked to his high school that it got serious.

"Cal was one of my [early] choices," said Ervin. "They have my major, engineering. I never really got letters but I did my research. Coach Thompson recruits out of the Houston area. He came by earlier this year that's when Cal started recruiting me."

The interest between coach and recruit was mutual, and Ervin received an invite to Junior Day at Cal, which took place this past Saturday. He and his family came a few days earlier to get a feel for the area since it was his first trip to the Golden State.

"It was great. We went down there Thursday through Sunday," said Ervin. "I got a chance to talk with the coaches and look at the campus. I went to the Cal versus Arizona State; they won the [Pac-10] championship. After, I took a tour of the dorms and campus. I got a chance to meet with my position coach then I meet with Coach [Jeff] Tedford."

Ervin says he was expecting an offer heading into junior day. And that's what he received. "[Coach Tedford] offered and I expected," he added. "The campus is wonderful and the city is gorgeous. [My family] really enjoy the fact that I have the opportunity to play for Cal. That's a great opportunity as far as my major. It doesn't really make a difference how far I am from home."

Now comes the difficult part, where does Tedford play Ervin.

"Coach Tedford's figured out I can throw, so the Wildcat came up," said Ervin. "On my film, he didn't get a chance to see the whole film. He didn't see me play quarterback, when he saw then Wildcat just popped into his head. But I will be an athlete, used in the slot, at running back and receiver."

Ervin reports a 3.5 GPA. He takes the SAT and ACT on March 13 and April 10, respectively.

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