JUNIOR DAY: Beachum Returns to Berkeley

Malik Beachum spent most of Elite Junior Day with inside receivers coach Mark Tommerdahl, and though he didn't get a scholarship offer, he now knows what he has to do to earn one.

Malik Beachum came to California's Elite Junior Day with an outside hope of landing a scholarship offer. While the only visitor to land one was El Cerrito (Calif.) outside linebacker D.J. Calhoun, Beachum got a clearer understanding from inside receivers coach Mark Tommerdahl of what he needs to do to earn his.

"He said he likes my quickness and agility, and he wants me to get to camp," Beachum said. "He said that's a big thing. They want to see us in person, so they know what they're going to get from you, and how you play with competition and stuff -- top competition."

Tommerdahl said that he and the rest of the staff want to see what they're signing, and that the camp process plays a big part in evaluation.

Beachum's teammate at American Canyon (Calif.), Jomon Dotson, was also on hand for Elite Junior Day, and spent much of his time with running backs coach Pierre Ingram.

"He was talking to coach Ingram a lot, and we got to talk to coach [Sonny] Dykes a lot, too," Beachum said. "I liked [Dykes]. He seemed like he's set on getting the program going the right way, to a Pac-12 championship and eventually to a national championship or a BCS bowl."

Beachum's talks with Tommerdahl also shed a little light on just where he'd be playing if he got an offer and decided to come to Cal. Beachum's future position may very well be in the slot, due to his speed.

"They said, for my size, they said they'd tell you once you get there, and they'll tell you where they want you at, but I talked to him a lot today," Beachum said.

Beachum visited Berkeley when the Bears played Stanford and Oregon last season, but on this trip, he got to learn a bit more about the non-football side of Cal.

"I didn't know that they were the No. 1 public school in the country," Beachum said. "I learned that today, and they do a lot for their football players, with tutors, and they have a lot of resources for the football players so they can stay on top of their grades and graduate, and that they will be able to get a job, no matter what."

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