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Napa (Calif.) wide receiver Austin Aaron leaves Cal program, will continue as a student

On Thursday, redshirt freshman wide receiver Austin Aaron announced that he would no longer be a part of the Cal football program, but would continue on at Berkeley as a student.

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On Twitter Thursday morning, redshirt freshman wide receiver Austin Aaron -- one of the first commits in the 2015 recruiting class -- announced that he would no longer be a part of the California football program. His Tweet (and a facebook post) read:

Since as long as I can remember it has been my dream to play football for the Golden Bears. However, I have decided to be a full time student at Cal but to give up the game of football. As I have grown up I have realized this is not what I want anymore and I need to put everything I have, all my time and energy into something I truly love, and I need to find what that is. I know people will say you are giving up a dream but I have found different dreams and passions that I promise I will pursue with everything I got. I want to thank Coach Dykes, Damon and everyone that recruited me, but most importantly all my teammates and lifelong friends I have made through Cal football. I love you guys so much and know you are going to have the utmost success in the Fall because you all deserve it and I sincerely apologize for breaking a commitment to you, you guys mean everything to me. I will never stop rooting for Cal football and you will always be in my heart. Forever, Go Bears! -- Austin Aaron


http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1691983-bttv-cal-receivers... Aaron did not play last season as a true freshman, and broke his collar bone in the final practice in Berkeley before the Bears flew out to Texas for the Lockheed-Martin Armed Forces Bowl, and was limited during the first half of spring football, before shining in the first scrimmage. Aaron was not among the 105 players in fall camp.

Aaron's father played baseball at Cal, and his grandfather was also a student at Berkeley.

“I was sad to lose Austin," head coach Sonny Dykes said. "He’s a great kid, local kid, had a tremendous history with Cal – I believe he was a third-generation Cal student – loves the University, loves the football program. Just, I think it just got to the point where the amount of work he was having to put in, he just didn’t feel like he was getting the results that he wanted. We had a great conversation. He’s an outstanding young man. He handled it the way that you would want anybody that leaves your program to handle it. I can’t say enough positive things about him as a person and as a player. He was one of those kids who showed up every day and worked incredibly hard, was a great teammate, and is going to do really positive things in his life. I’m excited to see what he ends up doing. I have a tremendous respect for him.”

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