Quick Visit Pays Off Big for Aaron

A dad that played at Cal with Jeff Kent and a grandfather who's also a Golden Bear were on-hand as Austin Aaron made a stop in Berkeley to chat with the coaching staff.

Napa (Calif.) 2015 wide receiver Austin Aaron has a history with California.

Aaron's father – Justin Aaron – played baseball for the Golden Bears, along with future Hall-of-Famer Jeff Kent, and his grandfather attended Berkeley, as well. Blue and gold runs very, very deep in the Aaron family, and what the 6-foot-5, 200-pounder heard on Sunday when he stopped by Memorial Stadium set his heart aflutter.

"We were just stopping by, on our way out of town, just to check in with everything," Aaron told BearTerritory on Sunday night. "I talked to Likens, I talked to Tony Franklin and the whole offensive staff and caught up with them on everything. They just want to see me one more time at camp and everything, but I got the impression that they really like me a lot, and they're very interested."

There's a lot to like about Aaron other than his size, hands, and – ladies – his All-American good looks. Aaron sports a 3.8 GPA, and is currently taking two honors classes – Pre-Calc and Spanish.

Aaron spent just half an hour on campus after taking home wide receiver MVP honors at a local camp circuit stop, and last season, hauled in 48 catches for just shy of 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Crushers. All the Bears need to see in person is that he's taken that next step from when they first saw him in June of 2013.

"Tony was telling me how they just want to see me one more time at camp, and that they really liked what they saw of me, and now, they're really interested," Aaron said. "They just want to see how I've improved."

After that, a source says, an offer is almost certain, and it would be an offer that Aaron would have a very hard time saying no to.

"My dad was there, and my grampa was there, it was so cool," Aaron said. "They both went to Cal, so it was really exciting for them to hear it, and me. It's cool, knowing that I'm real close to that offer. Man, it would definitely would be hard to turn down. That was my childhood school, growing up. I watched every one of their games, so it would definitely be hard to turn that down."

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