Nick Westbrook sent his film out to California hoping for an offer from the same staff that produced Danny Amendola, Quinton Patton, Michael Crabtree and Wes Welker, and on Thursday, he got it, thanks to Golden Bears wide receivers coach Rob Likens.
"He liked my film and so we'd been touching base a little bit, and he said that he was going to show the head coach," Westbrook told BearTerritory. "He told me to call him today, so I called him, and he told me that the head coach really liked my film, and that I was one of their top guys, so they offered."
Last season for Lake Mary (Fla.), Westbrook caught a team-high 52 balls for 826 yards and 13 touchdowns. Cal and the other schools involved with Westbrook all like the fact that he's a big-bodied receiver who can go up and get jump balls, as well as out-physical smaller defensive backs.
Westbrook spends time in spring working on his speed (he claims a 4.6 40 time) while doing track, running the 4x100 and 4x400 relay races, as well as the long jump. This season, he's adding the triple jump.
He's set a personal record in the triple with a leap of 41 feet, 4 inches, and tops out at 21 feet, 6 inches in the long jump. Another number that's impressed Cal? His 3.5 GPA.
Last year, Westbrook's favorite class was Advanced Placement Statistics, and after taking regular physics this year, he's going to move up to AP Physics next year, traditionally one of the harder AP classes and exams.
"I'm really enjoying it. I'm more of a numbers-oriented guy," Westbrook said. "I feel like my grades would be worse if I took an easier class, because I wouldn't try as hard."
In that vein, he wants to challenge himself at an academically-oriented institution, just like Berkeley.
"[Likens] told me that they have some of the best academics in the world, and that really interests me, because I pride myself on my academics," Westbrook said. "Also, they're a pass-first offense. The Pac-12's known for passing. I'd probably say education is what I like most about them. It's right up there with their offense."
Westbrook Talks Pac-12 Offer
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