California had a star-studded lineup of recruits on hand for Junior Day on Saturday, including four-star defensive back Jaylon Redd out of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.), who pulled down the first reported offer coming out of the annual gathering of top juniors on Cal's campus.
"It meant a lot to me," Redd said of the offer on his way home from the visit. "I had a good time today. We basically broke up into individual groups, and they broke out some fo the receivers, and told us what they were expecting, what it's like at Cal, how they liked us, and the head coach spoke to us. They also showed us the facilities.
"I like the tradition, and it's also a great education," said Redd, who has a 3.2 GPA. "The overall package is great."
Other than down-the-road trips to USC and UCLA, this was the first unoffiical visit that Redd has taken.
"It was actually my first time at Cal, and I enjoyed it," he said. "The facilities were great. It looked like a great overall environment, and it was a good day."
What stood out about his trip to Berkeley, Redd said, was the tradition.
"There was way more of a tradition, and the fact that they're the No. 1 public school not only in the country, but in the world, that stood out to me, also," Redd said.
"He told me that it's different than SoCal, of course, and he's been good, adapting to what's going on, all the workouts and stuff, when he was home," Redd said of Jaylinn Hawkins. "He was talking to me about the whole process."
Redd, too, is the complete package: He rushed 99 times for 671 yards and nine touchdowns, caught 20 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns, added 376 kick return yards, 99 punt return yards and 52 interception return yards on three picks this past season, while also tallying 63 total tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss and one forced fumble.
Redd, who came with three-star teammate Tayari Venable, was offered as an athlete, which isn't new; he has offers as a corner, a wide receiver and a running back.
"They actially said they like me on offense, defense or kick return and punt return," Redd said. "They told me they don't have me down as a specific position because I do it all, but today I did go to with the wide receivers group when we did individual meetings."
Redd has no more junior days planned, and will play with the Frat Boyz 7-on-7 team this spring and summer.null