At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds already, all-around athlete Devodrick Johnson is quickly growing out of being a safety -- his position by trade -- and while he plays receiver and quarterback, California loves what he can do at linebacker.
Johnson has been speaking for some time with Bears graduate assistant Carlos Alvarado, but it was a video that Alvarado sent Johnson recently that really piqued his interest.
"It was pretty exciting, to watch it, and he liked my film, and told me he wanted to offer me a scholarship to Cal," Johnson said. "I watched the video, and it didn't only just show football. It showed everything, between academics, student life, it was really interesting."
While Johnson is still doing more research on the Bears, he does know that, before the start of the dead period on June 27, he'll be trying to make his way out to Berkeley.
"I'm going to get with coach Alvarado and set something up," Johnson said.
One factor that attracts Johnson to Berkeley is the fact that the Bears are looking for linebackers in the mold of Derron Brown -- the safety who turned into a linebacker over spring. Cal wants athletic linebackers who can move in space, hit hard and flip their hips to cover.
"I can move around, I can cover, and I can come down and make the hit," Johnson said. "That opens up a lot of different things that I can do for them."
The opportunity to be that kind of all-over-the-field playmaker, while certainly a challenge, is also an enticing opportunity for Johnson, and, he said, gives Cal a bit of an edge, especially because Johnson himself doesn't really identify as any single position. He's been playing "all positions, all my life," he said.
"That's the big pitch, right now," Johnson said. "It opens up a lot of things that they'll be able to do with me."