TALK ABOUT THE COMMITMENT ON THE MESSAGE BOARDS
California's latest commit -- El Cerrito (Calif.) three-star wide receiver Jalen Harvey -- was at the Bears' spring practice almost as much as the press corps, and what he saw in the way Rob Likens worked his receivers, the way the offense hummed and the general feeling of the new coaching staff made him feel right at home. This, he though, was going to work.
"It is going to work," Harvey says. "There are a lot of teams that run a fast-paced tempo, but Cal, it's something that I can see myself fitting in. I see Goff, I've got a good connection with Jared Goff. Me and him, in the future, we can do some things."
Harvey faced off with his future quarterback in the NCS Division III title game, when the Gauchos took on Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic in the driving rain, and even put a licking on the current true freshman while playing defense, but more than anything, what Harvey saw out of Goff -- and what he sees out of the Cal offense -- are possibilities.
"I give much respect to him," Harvey said. "When I was playing against him, it was ‘[Screw] him, because he's the opponent,' but at the end, we have a good connection. It was a happy thing, playing against him. They won, we lost, but at the end of the day, I've still got much respect for him."
Now that Harvey doesn't have to defend against Goff anymore, he can look at what it will be like taking advantage of the strengths that made him so difficult to stop – strengths he knows all too well after spending time playing 7-on-7 with Goff before last season.
"It was raining, but he was really throwing it," Harvey said of the title game. "He moves his eyes around. As a defender, I'm kind of picky. I try to do too much, and his eyes made me get lost on my assignment. He'll fool some guys doing it. Whoever the picky guys are, he'll fool them. That's one thing I respect about him. He got me on a few plays."
Beyond the Commitment, Part 2: Jalen Harvey
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