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Wide receiver Carlos Strickland has announced he will transfer from Cal to a school closer to home

Wide receiver Carlos Strickland, who had been one of the best pass catchers in the first week of Cal fall camp, has decided he will transfer.

The California receiver who Ray Hudson compared to Calvin Johnson earlier this weekCarlos Strickland, has announced that he has decided to transfer to a school closer to his Dallas, Tex., home.

Strickland was by far the most physical, dependable receiver on the field for the first week of fall camp, and indications are that the transfer was not expected, as Strickland told BearTerritory that he reached the decision last night, after speaking with his family. “I am very thankful for the opportunity I’ve had at UC Berkeley and will never forget the memories I’ve shared with my peers,” Strickland said in a tweet. “Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout my time at Cal. I wish the program the best this season and in the years to come.”

Strickland decided to transfer, he said, because his grandfather had recently taken ill, and he wanted to be closer to him and his family. Strickland told BearTerritory that he was unsure of the details of his grandfather's illness.

Strickland said that the process of attaining a release "will all be completed before this evening." No schools have contacted him "as of now," he said.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound former four-star out of Dallas (Tex.) Skyline redshirted last season due to a chronic hip issue, but was expected to play a major role in the rotation this coming season, particularly as a red zone threat. He participated in full in all five practices of fall camp so far this month.

Strickland was second on the depth chart to Chad Hansen, considered one of the best pro prospects on the team, and is the second Z receiver to leave the team this week, following fellow redshirt freshman Austin Aaron. That leaves Hansen and one of the stars of camp -- sure-handed Jordan Duncan -- at the position. Top Stories