Bears Get On the Board

Cal football fans' anxious wait is over with their first commitment of the 2007 season in Saratoga HS wide receiver Alex Lagemann. The 6-2/206 Lagemann was the first receiver offered this recruiting season by the Bears and fills their need for height at the receiver position.

"Coach Tedford gave me the offer the day after the Nike camp. When it was Coach Tedford calling personally, I knew it must be an important call. He told me he really liked me as a player and they'd like to see me at Cal and I was just speechless. I wasn't expecting that at all.

Lagemann made his Cal commitment this weekend during Cal's full contact camp when it became clear that Cal was the place for him.

"Speaking with Coach Tedford the other day, he said talked to my coach and told him he may not need to redshirt me –that I would probably be a slot receiver and catch a lot of balls across the middle and sometimes switch things up by going outside and that sounded great. I also talked to Cal's Special Teams Coordinator (Pete Alomar) and he told me he can see me returning kicks, too.

Lagemann noted that Receivers Coach Dan Ferrigno was his main point of contact at Cal during his recruitment.

"My relationship with Coach Ferrigno has been awesome. He's a really nice guy and our relationship is just really open and honest. Actually, I'd have to say that all my dealings with the Cal coaches have been great. They're all really a nice bunch of guys.

Having grown up down the Peninsula, in a family with Stanford season tickets, Stanford was definitely a factor in Lagemann's decision process. However, with Stanford still in the evaluation mode and with their three other outstanding offers to receivers, Cal became Lagemann's main point of focus.

"Stanford was always my favorite team growing up, but things changed some during the recruiting process when I really had a chance to get to know the programs personally," noted Lagemann. "I still like them a lot, but I'm thrilled to have a chance to go to Cal. Just stepping on campus and being in Memorial and knowing that this would be my home for the next four years was just incredible."

Lagemann noted that his hands are his greatest asset and estimated that he hasn't dropped any catchable balls to date in his high school career. He also notes his rout-running as a strength.

"My sophomore year, I was running 4.8's in the forty, so it really forced me to run my routs well to create separation," said Lagemann. "But I kept working really hard with my coach on my strength and my speed and it started happening for me.

The speedy receiver stood out at the talent-laden Nike Combine at Stanford, running one of the days' fastest times in 4.53, drawing lots of attention. Lagemann also stood out on the track, running a pr of 11.0 this season for the Falcons.

"I'd run a hand-timed 4.37 not long before the Nike Combine, so I knew the work was paying off. Then running the 4.5 there, I think that really helped get me noticed."

He also stood out at Cal's just-completed 3 day full contact camp, where he was named Co-MVP with San Lorenzo High School's Michael Calvin, another recruit with high interest in Cal.

Lagemann had a productive year in 2005 with 43 catches and 736 yards to go along with 8 touchdowns for Saratoga, despite playing in a run-dominated offense.

Lagemann also excels in the classroom, sporting an amazing 4.2 GPA to go along with an impressive 1960 SAT score.

The Bears beat out Oregon, BYU and Boise State –all of whom offered -for Lagemann's services. Lagemann was also being strongly pursued by Arizona, Arizona State, as well as Stanford.

To view the highlights and profile for Alex Lagemann, click this link.


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