California was on a roll in June, scoring six commits from cornerback Josh Drayden, inside receiver Logan Gamble, outside receiver Drew Kobayashi, JuCo defensive end Russell Becker, receiver Matt Laris and linebacker Markus Wright. So, when Camryn Bynum quietly pulled the trigger before announcing publicly on July 1, it wasn’t much of a shock, as the Bears keep on rolling into July.
“I just feel at home there, and I feel like it’s the best fit for me to play early, and get a good education,” Bynum said. “Most of my family lives in the Bay Area, too – my mom’s whole side of the family. It’s a huge family. My mom has six siblings.”
Long story short: Saturdays in the fall will be one big family reunion, especially because two of his uncles and one aunt went to Berkeley.
“When I talk to them about it, ‘Uncle so-and-so went here, and said he loved it, so you should go,’ and stuff like that, that's what they tell me," Bynum said.
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Bynum had long been leaning towards the Bears even before his third unofficial visit to Berkeley in mid-June, and his commitment further solidifies what’s become quite a pipeline from Corona (Calif.) Centennial.
With running back Tre Watson starting things off in 2014, Cal continued to hit the Huskies in 2015, bringing in receiver Greyson Bankhead. This class already has one member of the Centennial team in offensive lineman Daniel Juarez, and now, he’s got company in Bynum.
Getting to meet and mingle with the other commits on Sunday at Cal’s satellite camp at Riverside (Calif.) City College helped solidify a decision that Bynum said he’d already made.
“Oh, just meeting all of them, seeing them, I’ve been talking to them on Twitter, but seeing them in person, that’s a lot different,” said Bynum, who already sees plenty of Juarez. “He’s told me a lot of good stuff about it.”
Bynum knew Watson just “in passing,” but played last season with Bankhead, so the two are close.
“It’s a pipeline, basically,” Bynum said. “Just knowing that our guys can go up and succeed up there, it means that I can do the same.”
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Bynum – at 5-foot-11, 164 – becomes the third defensive back in the 2016 class, and while he’s on the smaller side, he’s got speed to spare. Cal’s offer on May 16 came shortly after his big performance at the Pylon Elite 7v7 event in Las Vegas, where Bynum’s Ground Zero team took home top honors.
West Coast Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins said of Bynum, who took home Defensive MVP honors at that event: “Few players work any harder than Bynum and physically, he looks like a different player from this time last year. He looks to have put on at least 20 pounds since last summer and is playing more physically at the line, while maintaining his quick feet and natural cover skills.”