As a freshman at Ontario (Calif.) Colony, Michael Ezeike wowed his head coach, Steve Randall, by leaping into the air and hauling in a touchdown pass, amidst three defenders. Since then, he's been glossed "Megatron." He doesn't remember the game, or the opponent, but he remembers the catch, and the nickname stuck.
Now 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, Ezeike is the proud owner of 14 offers, the latest being California, the alma mater of a receiver Ezeike calls "a beast," and one who regularly made leaping grabs, occasionally one-handed: Kenny Lawler.
"[Marshawn] Lynch, he's a beast, too," Ezeike said.
Ezeike first got in touch with the Bears about a month ago, he told BearTerritory on Thursday, and a week ago, he began talking with quarterback commit Adrian Martinez, who he tagged in his tweet announcing the offer.
"We've been talking, and he's been telling me a lot about Cal," Ezeike said. "I've been talking to the Cal coaches, and they told me that the Cal QB commit is the truth, so I got to know him, and we've been talking."
Ezeike is rated as a four-star tight end, but the Bears want him as a big outside receiver, a true red zone threat.
"The offensive coordinator, we've been talking a lot," Ezeike said, referring to Beau Baldwin. "He said that the head coach really liked me, and he gave me the head coach's number, so I called him. When I called him, the head coach was telling me all about the program, and how he really likes me, and he offered me ... I've been waiting on this one. I had a feeling it was coming for a while now. I didn't know when, but I knew it was coming."
Last season, he led the Titans with 15 touchdowns and 993 yards receiving. Ezeike currently has a 3.6 grade point average, and will be taking the SAT in May.
"The head coach [Justin Wilcox] was telling me about how he liked that I was physical, and that I can jump up for the ball, and I'm a big guy, but I can move," Ezeike said. "[Baldwin] is a really cool guy, and he's a really good coach, really serious. He's been telling me a whole bunch of good things about the program, and I can't wait to meet him."
Ezeike will get to do just that a week from Saturday, when he visits Cal for the spring game.
"Cal is a great program, academically and athletically," he said. "They bring out very good athletes there, just a really good program."