After new California head coach Sonny Dykes and wide receivers coach Rob Likens tripped out to San Antonio, Tex., last week, and made an in-home visit with then-Ole Miss commit Dannon Cavil, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound San Antonio Madison wide receiver sat down with his family, and prayed.
Cavil had been committed to the Rebels since March. He had a photo of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium as his Twitter background. He was bound for Oxford. But a visit from the new Golden Bears coaches changed that.
"After soul-searching, family discussion and prayer, I decided to change my commitment to the University of California," Cavil said. "I have no doubt that Ole Miss is going to do great things in the future under coach [Hugh] Freeze and his staff. I really do want to thank coach [Grant] Heard and the entire Rebel family for the opportunity, but I decided to come down to my heart, and Cal is the right fit for me."
Cavil had inklings that he may want to be a Bear as far back as October, when he took his official visit to Berkeley.
"I went on my official visit on Oct. 6 to Cal with coach Tedford, and coach Arroyo was really a big part in getting me up there, and Cal was really a fit for me in academics. I'm a smart kid, and the way of life, the like-minded people, but when coach Dykes and coach Likens came to my house, and the new offensive scheme they're bringing in, and how they feel my impact in their system, it's really exciting to me."
Last season, Cavil recorded 36 catches for 766 yards, with eight touchdowns in 13 games for the 10-3 Mavericks, and says that he can do it all in Dykes's new system.
"Not to be conceited, but everything -- I think I'm the whole package," says Cavil, who is in fact quite soft-spoken. "I've got the size and the speed. I think I can do it all."
The new staff sees Cavil as a big playmaker, and at 6-foot-5 with a 4.5-second 40 time, he's not just a one-trick pony.
"I'm a big YAC guy, so to be honest, I'd rather have more receiving yards in school history, and hopefully win a national championship," Cavil said. "More than anything, going to the next level -- to the League."
Cavil will come in as an early-enrollee, along with quarterback Jared Goff and kicker Matt Anderson, although even with his 3.6 GPA, he still doesn't know exactly what he wants to study.
"I'm going in undecided. Too many good majors," he laughed. "I've planned to come in early since last year. It was always a big deal for me, because I wanted to make a major impact as soon as possible, to learn the offense, to get accustomed to school and to be ready to play and make plays, come fall."
Beyond the Commitment: Cavil
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