Speedy 2015 WR Snags Cal Offer

One of the top track runners in the state of California pulled down an offer from the Bears on Monday night, fresh off a 96-yard kick return for a touchdown.

2015 wide receiver Lavan Alston never checks his stats. He didn't last season, when he split the season between junior varsity and varsity for Camarillo (Calif.) – the alma mater of former California and current Jacksonville Jaguars punter Bryan Anger -- and he hasn't yet, this year, in his first varsity season for Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure.

"I want to wait until the end of the season to see how I'm doing," Alston said. "It keeps me hungry, not worrying about how many touchdowns or how many yards I have."

But, the Golden Bears coaches know exactly how good he is, by any statistical measure. That's why wide receivers coach Rob Likens offered the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder on Monday evening.

"What he liked about me was my grades, of course," Alston said. "I have a 3.4 GPA as of now, so that was very important to him, and also, they liked my film, which has punt returns, kick returns and some receiving touchdowns, so he was excited about that."

This year, Alston has 498 receiving yards on 22 catches this season, with a stellar outing against Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany on Sept. 27 serving as the crown jewel of his season, when he hauled in nine passes for 235 yards.

But, that wasn't the only game Cal took into account.

"My game last Friday, I scored a 96-yard kick return and also a receiving touchdown for about 15 yards on a slant into the end zone," Alston said.

"I gave them a call, added them on twitter, and then that's where we started our conversation," Alston said. "[Likens] said he had to show my film to the head coach, and get my transcripts, and it was official, tonight."

Alston has lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., his whole life, but when his father – who's in the military – got transferred out to NAS Pt. Mugu, Alston moved out to California and spent last year at Adolfo Camarillo High School, playing for head coach Dennis Reidmiller in his final season as head coach before he and his family decided to transfer to St. Bonaventure.

"I knew a little bit about the history of St. Bonaventure, with Whitney Lewis and Lorenzo Booker," Alston said. "It was the exposure and coach John Muller, he's a really good coach, and I wanted to be coached by him and play for an outstanding program at St. Bonnie's, so that's why we decided to go there. I do miss Camarillo, a little bit."

Cal is Alston's fourth scholarship offer, after Miami, Oregon State and Vanderbilt.

"As of now, I'm just blessed to have any offers," Alston said. "I have that opportunity to play football and go to school, so I'm just excited for all of it, and I'm ready to keep playing football."

Alston admits that he's not all that familiar with the Bears, he does know one name, in particular.

"I knew about Cal through DeSean Jackson, because that's who I kind of looked up to, when I look at the NFL level and look at the player I'm most like," said Alston, who certainly has plenty of get-up-and-go of his own.

Alston turned in a 10.74 100m time last spring, and wants to run a 10.5 this spring.

"Mostly what I knew about Cal was that they put players in the NFL, and DeSean Jackson happens to be one of them," Alston said. "I'm blessed to have an offer from them."

Though the Bears are struggling in the first year of Sonny Dykes and his staff's tenure, Alston has a long view of the program, and isn't going to be too quick on the trigger.

"I follow college football a lot, watch it every Saturday, so I know they're 1-7 right now, but I shouldn't think about the now, because I'm graduating in 2015, so the program from now to then," Alston said. "And, maybe I can get there and change it."

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