Wilkerson Talks Cal Junior Day

Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista linebacker Dave Wilkerson has visited Cal numerous times. But on Saturday, he attended the elite junior day at Cal. With five verbal offers, Wilkerson tells CalSportsDigest.com the Bears are his favorite and he enjoyed his trip…

Dave Wilkerson (6-2, 225) was a first-team all-state selection in 2008. He spent his Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium followed by attending the Cal-UCLA basketball game, which was all part of junior day at California.

"It was good, and I loved it," Wilkerson said of the Haas Pavilion crowd. "I loved the [Cal] fans, everyone was ready to go. I just loved everything, the players the support from the families and the community."

Wilkerson says the junior day went really well. "I liked it a lot," he added. "We got there at 1 p.m., and everything ended at around 8:30 p.m.

"We went to [Memorial] stadium, went to the coaches lounge, and [the coaches] showed us slides of what Cal football is all about. They took us out to the field and talked about [Cal football] tradition.

"Everybody was there to see how it was. [Unlike my experience], it was their first trip or second visit [to Cal]. They all looked really interested. My parents were talking to other player parents about the how good the program treats [athletes]. All the parents and kids said good compliments."

Every school is recruiting Wilkerson as an inside linebacker. He says he has five verbal offers – none written yet – from Cal, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, and UCLA. But the Bears remain his favorite, and he believes his offer from Coach Tedford is very close to becoming official.

"[Saturday] was a mind opener," said Wilkerson. "I've been there so many times but I actually got to see more about Cal. It's more family-like. My parents know the coaches, my dad was coached by [defensive back] Coach Al [Simmons], it feels like family there. I talked to linebacker coach [Kenwick Thompson] one-on-one, and then talked to [head coach Jeff] Tedford one-on-one.

"Coach Tedford has already verbally asked if I want to commit yet. But I want to go visit other schools, take it all in, and on signing day when it's available, sign."

"I want to visit Oregon, Nebraska – Michigan just came into the picture – USC, and UCLA. They're waiting for me to come down there, talk to them, and get to know the system. They want me to go to their camps but I am not going to be able to make all of them."

While junior day solidified Cal as his No 1 school, Wilkerson is still keeping an open mind. "Everything is still even right now," he added.

"I just love college football, I just want to play. One thing that matters is my education. That I have the right resources for school and make sure it's the best fit for me. And the biggest thing is for me to get playing time right away [at least] on special teams.

"It's a possibility I could commit before the season. You never know, if I visit Oregon, I might like them and it might change my mind about how I feel about Cal."

Wilkerson is currently training to prepare for the spring evaluation period, camps, and combines. He says he is working with the Monte Vista trainer doing speed and technical training. He is doing special lifts to prepare for combines. Furthermore, he is on a special diet to condition his body. He plans to compete at the Stanford Nike Camp in May.

He reports a 3.0 GPA. He will take the SAT and ACT this spring.

Stay with Scout.com and CalSportsDigest.com for continuing updates on Dave Wilkerson's recruitment.


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