"I've grown up in blue and gold." – Austin Aaron
The Skinny on Aaron: Our Brandon Huffman went in-depth on what Aaron’s commitment – the first of the 2015 cycle – meant for Sonny Dykes and the California football program right HERE.
Huffman’s scouting report: Aaron is one of the more polished route runners you'll find in the region, with great size and length, soft hands and above average speed. Has very good body control and adjusts to passes well and isn't afraid to go over the middle. Can play inside as a Y or split out wide. Doesn't have blazing speed, but is fast enough.
BT’s Take: Aaron is an ideal replacement for a Darius Powe or a Stephen Anderson. He has great size, athleticism and hands. He’s also got a very high motor and is a highly motivated individual both on the field and in the classroom. He’s a third-generation Golden Bear, so putting on the uniform means a lot to him. He’ll take pride in it. As a tall receiver, he’ll have a very good match in new receivers coach Pierre Ingram, so it’ll be fun to see him develop. In another age, he may have been a tight end, but staying around the 200-210-pound range is really ideal to keep him speedy for those match-ups with safeties and linebackers in the second level.
I saw Aaron in his very first camp in front of the Cal coaches what seems like ages ago (it was actually a year and a half). He hadn’t ever done an interview with a reporter before, but he handled it like a pro. There’s a lot of maturity behind those boyish looks, and a very high football IQ and a desire to go up and get tough balls in traffic. An ideal guy to lead off the class, and a good one to start wrapping up the day.
Sonny's Take: “Austin is a long and athletic receiver who gives us good size at the position that we expect to continue to develop. We like him right now as an outside receiver but he is a versatile player that can play a lot of different positions. We also like that he’s a local kid with a family history at Cal. We’re excited about what he brings to the table and think he has a chance to be a good football player for us.”
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