Jamire Calvin already had nine scholarship offers by the time California extended one, but, he told BearTerritory, this one was special. So special that he was rendered speechless when he received a call from inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler.
"He asked me if I heard him cause I didn't respond I had no words," Calvin said of Peeler. "It was crazy, because I've been waiting for the Cal offer for a while now. I've been watching them and loving there offense and when I got the call, I was speechless. But, I think that's the most excited I've gotten for an offer. It was really big for me."
On Thursday, when he and the Bears talked during a break in school, Calvin was a bit more talkative during the 20-minute conversation.
"[We talked] about the school and things. And then he was talking about how they see me fitting into there offense and how excited they are about me as a staff," Calvin said, "and how Coach [Sonny] Dykes likes my skill set and how I'm the exact specific type of receiver they're looking for because of my play making ability after the catch and how they don't have that. And he said he's going to be recruiting me as hard as possible."
Immediately after he got the offer, Calvin posted a photo of the Bears running onto the field, led by the California flag. To say he was excited doesn't quite cover it.
"It made me feel good on the inside," Calvin said. "My God sister (Brianna) goes there on academic scholarship and we grew up together and she wants me to go there bad."
Calvin didn't make it up to Berkeley during the fall, but he's planning a trip, now.
"All the coaches really want to get me up there as soon as possible so I'll be taking a trip soon," he said. "No date set yet, though."
Though the offer wasn't his first, Calvin said that the feeling "definitely" surpassed the one he had when he was offered by San Jose State.
"I've never been so excited before," Calvin said.
One of the reasons for his excitement was that, while Calvin grew up mainly watching USC, it was the man wearing No. 1 in blue and gold who held his fancy -- DeSean Jackson. That's not the only connection Calvin has to Cal, though.
"I met Jaylinn Hawkins and Melquise Stovall through passing league and I've know them since my freshman year," he said. "And [2016 signee] Zion Echols, we used to train together and he played on my passing league team my freshman year."
Since he got the offer, Calvin has talked to both Hawkins and Stovall, he's also started a twitter conversation with quarterback Max Gilliam.
"He's a great QB," Calvin said. "I would love for him to my QB if I were to go there."
This past season, Calvin caught 41 balls for 684 yards and a team-high 12 touchdowns for Los Angeles Cathedral. He also returned 18 punts for 522 yards, and averaged 94.0 all-purpose yards per game.
"It's safe to say that they'll be in it through out the whole process," Calvin said of the Bears. "I want to make a decision on signing day either on ESPN or a Bleacher Report video."