Jalen Harvey has now been to Berkeley two days in a row, and with a California offer long under his belt, he's now set to the task of gaining insight into the way the Bears go about their business on offense.
Saturday's first spring scrimmage went a long way towards servicing that ambition.
"It was their first day in pads, and they actually did pretty well," Harvey said. "The whole team, their first day in pads, usually everybody is kind of sloppy, but I didn't really see that. Everyone was competing out there."
It was easy to get excited when the first three drives by Jared Goff, Zach Kline and Austin Hinder, respectively, each ended in touchdown passes.
"The receivers were pretty good," Harvey said. "I, myself, think I can be out there and catch a few balls."
With 43 passes being thrown by the four quarterbacks for a total of 383 yards and five touchdowns, it was hard for Harvey to stay on the sidelines. Having seen the offense now in person, both in a practice setting and at full game speed, made a big impression on Harvey.
"It does a lot," Harvey said. "It shows me that they throw the ball and run it at the same time. Everybody's getting it. Everybody's getting a chance to touch the ball. At the end of the day, you've just got to make something happen. If you can't do that, there's no reason for you to be on the field."
Harvey said that the fact that the Bears spread the ball around is a big plus in their column, with four different receivers hauling in touchdown grabs and three different tailbacks getting at least seven carries.
"I was there last night and today," Harvey said, "and it was a good atmosphere. They were competing, and you can't go wrong with that."
While he has now gotten to see the players both in practice and during game situations, he also has now seen the coaches in those same settings, which has given Harvey a deeper understanding of what makes this staff tick.
"The good thing about them -- they've got a steady pace," Harvey said. "You've just got to gradually get into it, and if you do that, you'll be straight."
Recently, Washington, Oregon State and Oregon have come on strong, with the Ducks likely offer soon.
However, Harvey says, Oregon wants to offer him on the defensive side of the ball, as the coach he's supposed to call back to get his formal offer is John Neal, the secondary coach.
"My coach told me to call their coach, the DB coach," Harvey said. "They want me as a DB. I told them I play wide receiver, and that's another thing, too, with these colleges. They don't mind recruiting me, but some of them are debating where to put me -- on offense or on defense. That's the debate right now, and it's good, but at the same time, my heart really is at wide receiver. I'm a playmaker."
And that's exactly where Cal wants him.
Recruit Report: Jalen Harvey
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