SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Among the black and grey NIKE compression shirts on display at Sunday's Elite 11 So Cal Regional event, it was easy to spot the streak of blue and gold, as four-star receiver Trent Irwin ran routes decked out in Cal script socks, Navy shorts and a bright athletic gold undershirt.
"Right now, they're No. 1, for sure," Irwin said of California. "I like Cal. I like the coaches up there. They're really cool guys. We'll see how it goes."
Last season, Irwin was a one-man gang, hauling in 70 catches for 1,470 yards and 19 touchdowns in Newhall (Calif.) Hart's offense, a system which bears more than a passing resemblance to the Bear Raid, in full flower.
"It's a high-tempo spread," Irwin said. "We've been doing the audible and stuff from the sidelines and getting on the ball. We've got to work on pace, but it's audible from the sideline."
Before the dead period, Irwin was speaking quite frequently with Bears wide receivers coach Rob Likens.
"I was talking with Rob a lot, and I'd been calling him every week until Christmas hit, and it's been busy, so I'm trying to call him just about every other week," said Irwin, the No. 23 receiver in the 2015 class.
Irwin holds offers from the Bears, Colorado and Colorado State.
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