CAMP: Making an Impression
BERKELEY -- As California's one-day Sonny Dykes Camp wound down, the quarterbacks and wide receivers stayed behind to get some routes-on-air in with Golden Bears offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. While 2015 stalwart Trent Irwin impressed as he had all day, one relatively unknown pass-catcher inspired some frantic and excited chatter among the coaching staff. With an ever-present smile and a mop of blond hair, 6-foot-5 Napa (Calif.) receiver Austin Aaron put on a show of his own.
The 200-pound 2015 prospect showed off his 31-inch vertical leap and soft hands, drawing open praise from many in attendance.
"They just said that I really impressed a lot of people," said Aaron, who's outgoing personality meshed well with the high-energy Cal staff. "They said I've got a lot of upside. They really like my personality."
Aaron said that teams like his size, and that he's being looked at as both a wide receiver and a tight end, but mainly as a hybrid, which fits perfectly into the new Bear Raid.
"They said that's the new in thing, so I guess that's good for me," Aaron smiled. "The outside receiver coach was talking to me about running your routes, that you want to maintain that force, coming downhill, and don't expose your chest, so the DB doesn't know which way you're going."
Last season, Aaron had 32 catches for 543 yards and seven touchdowns.
"Just fades and posts, they just threw it up and I made plays," Aaron said.
Both UCLA and Stanford have been by to see Aaron in person, and he's also gotten attention from Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Notre Dame and Michigan.
"I'm looking academics first, obviously, and second is going to be my overall feel of the school -- the coaching staff -- and third is going to be playing time," Aaron said of what he's looking for in a future college.
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