Bigelow Talks Cal

Fresno (Calif.) Central running back Brendon Bigelow verbally committed to Washington last month. It hasn't stopped Cal from recruiting him. After speaking with his father last week, CSD reported that the Bears offered Bigelow. However, he set the record straight this week. While Cal hasn't extended an official offer, they are very interested and invited him to Junior Day next week in Berkeley…

Brendon Bigelow (5-10, 180) is very surprised the California Golden Bears are showing early interest.

"Cal surprised me, I wasn't expecting it," said Bigelow.

After tearing his ACL last November, he felt honored when Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian offered him in January. His injury coupled with the prestige of a rising Pac-10 program with an energetic head coach made sense for Bigelow to verbally commit just days after receiving his offer. As well, his mother lives in the Seattle area.

Nevertheless, Bigelow is intrigued by Cal's interest.

"[WR] Coach Kevin Daft called [head] coach [Casey] Quinn and said he wanted to speak to me about junior day," said Bigelow. "I called him back, we started talking and he invited me to junior day."

Bigelow says Coach Daft is not too concerned he is currently committed to another Pac-10 program. "He is not worried about me being committed, they still want me," said Bigelow. "They want to get to know me better. Cal has a lot to offer.

"I know [Cal] has a really good business program. Coach Daft says [the coaches] are working hard. They are really excited for the season, and they will love to have me there."

The Bears are recruiting him as a running back. Bigelow blends a special combination of speed, quickness and power. He also has very good hands, which make him a natural slot receiver, ala Percy Harvin, with the ability to run the football.

"This year I will be working at receiver," said Bigelow. "I can run the football. I want to improve my receiving skills to become a complete player. I want to be able to play both positions at the next level."

Bigelow is also one of the Golden State's premier track athletes.

As a freshman in 2008, Bigelow ran the top times in the Central Section in the 100m (10.62) and 200m (21.29) before placing second in the 200m (21.43) in the state finals at Norwalk's Cerritos College. Last year, he didn't compete in the section and state championships due to a hamstring injury.

He will not run track this year because of his ACL. The injury will also prevent Bigelow from competing in various camps and combines this spring and summer. "I was really excited about going to camps," he added.

How concerned is Cal about his ACL injury?

"It's not a big factor," said Bigelow. "Coach Daft said the ACL injury is not an issue. He knows other players have recovered fully from the same injury."

Besides Cal and UW, only Washington State has expressed serious interest. Cougar offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy has made several stops at Central to talk to Coach Quinn about Bigelow.

Last summer at the Passing Down Camp, Bigelow expressed interest in Florida – his dream school. "It's not anymore," he added. "I kind of ruined it with my knee [injury]. I had to let that one go."

One other school is on his radar for only one particular reason. "Oregon, I like the uniforms," added Bigelow.

As for his interest in Cal…"I'll probably considered them just in case anything happens with UW," said Bigelow. "I'm pretty solid with the Huskies. I think Coach Daft would have offered me if I wasn't committed. I'm not for sure if I'm going up there for junior day. I will know in a few days if I'll make it.

"I was going to call Coach Sark to see if it was okay for me to see some other schools. I'm thinking about exploring some other schools."

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