Cal's Right for Davis

Cerritos (Calif.) College defensive end Ryan Davis has never played linebacker in his football career. Nonetheless, on Sunday morning over breakfast, the talented JUCO committed to the California Golden Bears as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end. Cal Sports Digest caught up with Davis on Sunday and he tells us why Cal was the right fit…

Ryan Davis (6-4, 250) has numerous FBS offers from North Carolina State, Kansas, and Hawaii among others. Most schools were looking at him as a defensive end; after all, he totaled 32 tackles, 17 quarterback hurries, 8 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, 3 fumble recoveries, and 2 forced fumbles during his sophomore campaign.

Just two weeks ago, he was very high on the Wolfpack but after taking his official trip to Berkeley this weekend, it all changed. He committed to California on Sunday morning during breakfast.

"First, I told [Linebacker] Coach [Kenwick] Thompson," Davis said about making his commitment. "He told Coach [Jeff] Tedford. Then Coach Tedford came to me and then he spread the news to the other coaches."

"They made me feel like family when I first arrived in the city. As soon as I told them I was committing, they made seem [more like a family]. I was closer…like I was part of the team already."

Davis knew Saturday night that he was going to be a Bear. It helped that he bonded with Cal commit running back Dasarte Yarnway.

"I knew being from Southern California how different the Bay Area could be," said Yarnway. "I told him being a city boy [I could relate]. We talked about the Bay Area. I told him what he could accomplish [at Cal], a chance to get away from [the distractions in] L.A."

"He's cool," Davis said of Yarnway.

"I pretty much figured it out on Saturday night. I put everything together and came to the conclusion that [Cal] would be the best decision for me. A nice portion [of my decision] had to do with Cal's location. The fact it's on the West Coast was better."

The Golden Bears are recruiting Davis as an outside linebacker. It is the hybrid position of linebacker/defensive end Cal employed this year with Zach Follett in the 3-4 formation. Davis says he has never played linebacker.

"Whether they kept me on defensive line or at outside linebacker, they made it clear I had a spot," said Davis. "I have never played linebacker. It doesn't have an effect on me. I'm not scared of change."

Davis says this past weekend was the first time he got the chance to sit down and talk with Coach Tedford.

"I know [Coach Tedford] came down to watch the Cerritos-Long Beach game," said Davis. "I played well enough to impress him."

The Bears started showing interest in Davis in February. It was about the same time Davis started paying closer attention to Cal. A few standout players was the little Davis knew about Berkeley. The history, tradition, and the program under Tedford is stuff he all found out on his visit.

"I never really paid attention to Cal until this year," said Davis. "DeSean Jackson, Desmond Bishop, and Marshawn Lynch, they showed me [one] side of Cal. Cal's the place to be. I never really knew about [the other] side of Cal."

Davis was initially considering signing early this month; however, he will have to enroll at Cerritos in the spring semester, which would nullify his Letter of Intent. Instead, he will sign in February and will have three years to play two.

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