Zion Echols originally committed to Cal way back at the end of the spring, before de-committing in the midst of Dykes's contract uncertainty. It was thought by many sources taht once Dykes's contract extension was signed, Echols would get back in the boat, but he hasn't, even after an official visit weekend. At 12:57 p.m., he came back to the Bears.
This season, Echols rushed 249 times for 2,147 yards, averaging 153.4 yards per game, and scoring 37 touchdowns. He added 28 catches for 306 yards and four more scores, and fumbled just once in 14 games.
In 2014, Echols carried the ball 188 times for 1,141 yards and 18 touchdowns, tallying four 100-yard games on the ground. He also caught 44 balls for 553 yards and six more scores, averaging 50.3 yards receiving per game, and took back eight kickoffs for 167 yards (20.9 ypr) – including one touchdown -- and one punt return for 80 yards last season.
This year, he took back five kickoffs for 355 yards, so he would definitely going to get a shot at replacing Trevor Davis on returns, if he decides to make the call for Cal.
Echols will start life at Cal as a running back, and then see where his talents and skillset take him. He could easily move over to inside receiver, but since the Bears got Stovall, that avenue may be closed. That said, he easily can take over for Daniel Lasco as a threat to make things happen by catching the ball out of the backfield.
Another Take: "I like Echols a lot. He's a little undersized but is a game breaker and a great fit in the offense. Explosive out of the backfield, very good hands and can play some slot if needed. He'll be great on punt returns and is the kind of player who can score from just about anywhere on the field ... Echols is one of the more versatile players out west." -- Greg Biggins