RECRUIT REACTION: "Uplifting"

MORE reactions from Cal recruits who witnessed the Bears' 55-14 win over Sacramento State on Saturday, this time from a Pittsburg (Calif.) two-way star.

Among the dozen or so recruits on Saturday at Memorial Stadium were two high school teammates who last entered the venerable edifice wearing spikes and helmets: 2016 four-star Shurod Thompson and his fast-rising Pittsburg (Calif.) classmate Jordan Parker. More than once, the two looked at one another and mentioned that they could see themselves playing together in blue and gold, again.

“Oh, yeah, all the time,” Parker laughed.

Saturday was the first time that the former Alameda (Calif.) Encinal player had been in Memorial for an actual game, and he came away impressed.

“It was great; I fell in love with it,” Parker said. “I talked to coach [Rob] Likens, coach [Pierre] Ingram, coach Sonny [Dykes] and coach [Greg] Burns. We talked about the game, our game on Friday night and how it went, because coach Likens and coach Burns were there. Coach Sonny said he was going to try to make it to our next game.”

Burns and Likens may have to fight for Parker, because he’s shown remarkable ability on both sides of the ball, both as a defensive back and as a physical receiver.

“Most likely they’d have me as an athlete,” Parker said. “They haven’t said anything specific to me, yet.”

Parker and Thompson got some special behind-the-scenes access on Saturday, as they were in the locker room during the celebration following a 55-14 dismantling of Sacramento State.

“It was very uplifting,” Parker said. “It was like a big family in there. I got to talk to all the players after the game, getting the feel for how college is like. I talked to Hamilton [Anoa’i] and Cameron Walker.”


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