Bears Lock Up JUCO Wideout

L.A. Pierce wide receiver Coleman Edmond pulled the trigger and committed to California on Wednesday afternoon over UCLA, the school he originally attended...

One of the top all-purpose JUCO players in California this year was L.A. Pierce wide receiver Coleman Edmond (6-1, 200). spoke with the talented wideout shortly after he decided to commit to Cal to get his thoughts on things including why he chose the Golden Bears over the school he had originally attended, UCLA.

Edmond prepped at Kingston High School in Kingston, New York and attended Wagner College in 2007 to run track and play football. However, he decided to leave and head west after his freshman season and enrolled at UCLA to run track and that's when fate let it be known he was destined for the gridiron again.

"I was there for winter quarter which started in January last year and I ran track," Edmond told "I over-trained and the change in weather killed me so I was sick a lot and I didn't run like I should have.

"It got so expensive for me, I just couldn't handle it financially anymore so I headed over to Pierce. That's sorta a fateful thing that happened because if I ran like I should have, I would have stayed there and I never would have played football again.

"Then during the summer I couldn't really run track and work on that so I worked out with the (UCLA) football team and I did really well so I decided to go out for football (at Pierce) and I had a good year."

This past season, his only season of college football, Edmond posted 37 receptions for 700 yards and 11 touchdowns while averaging 198 yards of total offense per game, leading the state of California in that category.

"I could run and do it all at the wide receiver spot," Edmond said. "I can get downfield because of my speed (4.4), but I felt real comfortable running medium range routes and going over the middle if that's what was needed."

Recruiting really never picked up for the talented receiver, but schools like Arizona, USC and UCLA all came calling and the Bruins even stepped up with an offer, but it was his relationship with the California coaches and wanting to get a fresh start that made him choose the Golden Bears after he visited there last weekend.

"I had pretty much committed to them, but I wanted to think about some things," Edmond said. "I really enjoyed my time at UCLA and I was really torn, but then when I thought about things and how they sorta let me get away because they saw me up close and what I could do.

"That was the deciding factor for me. I felt like Cal wanted me a little more and I felt like it would be a fresh start for me there."

Edmond made the call to Cal head coach Jeff Tedford Wednesday afternoon and gave him the good news.

"He was really excited about me committing," Edmond said. "He said he thought I would be a great fit up there in their offense and that I just added to the great group of receivers they already had on the roster."

Edmond will graduate from Pierce in May and he'll have two years to play two once he arrives at Berkeley.

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