Liuchan Talks Latest Offer

SoCal linebacker discusses his recent surprise offer from the Bears and his plans for the spring and summer.

San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills linebacker Ricky Liuchan had only two Division I scholarship offers when he went to school on Wednesday -- from Oregon State and San Diego State -- but by the end of the day, he had a third, and no one was more surprised than him.

"At first, it kind of shocked me," Liuchan said, of the offer from defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Andy Buh. "It's such a great school, one of the top schools that I've heard of, and it was just, ‘Thank God, for giving me this opportunity.' It's a result of my hard work, and that's what it's all about. I'm just going to keep pushing forward and doing what I have to do."

Liuchan admits that he didn't know much about the Bears coming in to his offer, and has yet to do a whole lot of research, but the Cal staff has done their homework on Liuchan.

"He just likes that I'm fast, and he knows that I'm open to everything," said Liuchan, who played linebacker and fullback last season. "I think he also knows that I'm a hard worker. He just wants me to play linebacker."

Liuchan and the Grizzlies are nearing the start of spring football, but they're already busy in the weight room. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Liuchan benches 310 pounds, squats close to 400 and power cleans nearly 300 pounds.

Liuchan doesn't expect to go to many team or other camps this summer, preferring to stay in the weight room and working out with his teammates, but he is heavily contemplating an unofficial visit up to Berkeley.

"I'm actually planning on coming out to Cal, shortly," Liuchan said. "I'm not exactly sure when. Hopefully some time in the next couple months, but it depends when my parents are free or when I can drive up there or fly up there."

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