JUNIOR DAY: Calhoun Nets Offer

D.J. Calhoun came into Cal's junior day expecting an offer, but the chance to play with current El Cerrito teammates and help bring the Bears back to glory is now a possibility more real than ever in the mind of the three-star outside linebacker.

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The California scholarship offer didn't take D.J. Calhoun by surprise during Saturday's Elite Junior Day. He had a feeling it was coming, especially after the Bears had already offered his El Cerrito (Calif.) teammates Adarius Pickett and Jalen Harvey. But, that didn't mean it was any less exciting for the three-star outside linebacker.

"It was one of those, ‘By the way, we'd like to offer you,' kind of deals," Calhoun said. "Coach Buh said he really likes my speed a lot, how I play, how I hit."

Overall, Calhoun greatly enjoyed his Junior Day experience on the Berkeley campus, particularly seeing how well the new coaching staff operated as a unit.

"They showed us everything: the education, the weight room, the facilities, and the coaching staff, they all get along," Calhoun said. "I liked the players, I liked the coaches, I liked everything."

Calhoun said that his favorite part of the day was the High Performance Zone at the Simpson Center for Student Athlete High Performance, which was presided over by two strength coaches, showing the clutch of prospects just what it's like to lift as a Golden Bear.

"They were doing all different types of cycles of what they usually do," Calhoun said. "It was really intense. I loved it a lot."

Pickett and Harvey were very excited for Calhoun once he got his offer, and now that the trio has their matching offers, the potential for them to not only play together at the next level, but to play together close to home, is becoming a reality.

"We're a family," Calhoun said. "We all care about each other and it's great that we all have that offer. I would say me, Adarius Pickett, Jalen Harvey, Joe Mixon, we all want to play together."

Calhoun said that the Bears are near the top of his list, and he hopes to get to know the coaching staff more, because as of now, it seems like a "great fit."

"You have to work for your spot," Calhoun said of the staff's philosophy. "Everything is competitive. They like competitors."

The fact that Calhoun and his current teammates could be a part of a resurrection of the Cal football program played big in the mind of the 6-goot-1, 205-pound outside linebacker.

"That was a big thing on my mind," Calhoun said. "Especially now that they have an all new coaching staff, I'm really excited to see what they're about to do."

Calhoun is already familiar with Michael Barton and Freddie Tagaloa, having played against the two, and having played for the same Pop Warner team as Barton.

Calhoun does not have any more junior days scheduled, but is looking at Arizona State and Washington.

Perhaps a perfectly appropriate capper to the day was the basketball game between the Bears and visiting Colorado, which was a hit among all of the visitors.

"That was nice, that was nice; I loved the crowd's intensity," Calhoun said. "I just want to see what the football crowd's about now, because the basketball game crowd was crazy."

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