Bigelow Offered During Junior Day

Fresno (Calif.) Central RB Brendon Bigelow added two huge Pac-10 offers in the last few days. On Saturday, Cal came through with their word and offered him at Junior Day. But days prior, USC became the second offer for the Washington verbal commit. Check inside for the latest on his recruitment…

Brendon Bigelow (5-10, 180) is starting to rack up offers despite being a verbal commit to Washington. Drawing comparisons to some of the best college running backs in recent memory, he added two huge Pac-10 offers from each spectrum of the Golden State.

After talking with California wide receiver coach Kevin Daft a few weeks ago, Bigelow decided to attend Cal's Junior Day on Saturday. Just as he expected, and he was told, the Golden Bears offered him a scholarship during his unofficial visit.

"I was in [head] Coach [Jeff] Tedford's office and he talked about how they want to use me in their offense, then he offered me," said Bigelow.

Cal was his first visit to any school. "It was amazing," he added.

"I was talking to [RB] Coach [Ron] Gould a lot. He is energetic. We were sitting together at the basketball game he was loud. They have a real cool family up there. I was kind of surprised that they are on their students. They like to keep up with them."

Along with taking a tour of the campus after attending the Cal-Arizona State basketball game, Bigelow spent some time in the film room.

"I watched Jahvid Best highlights," said Bigelow. "They say I resemble Jahvid a lot. I can be another Jahvid; they want me to play a little bit of receiver besides running back.

But Best isn't the only great former Pac-10 running back he is drawing comparisons too.

On Thursday, he picked up an unexpected offer from USC. New head coach Lane Kiffin coached the tight ends at SC when a certain Heisman Trophy running back starred for the Trojans.

"Kiffin offered me, he said I reminded him of Reggie Bush," said Bigelow. "USC [offer] was unexpected. They say I'm an amazing back."

Last Thursday morning in the midst of a foggy day schedule, – where classes are delayed two to three hours – Central head coach Casey Quinn woke Bigelow with an unexpected phone call.

"He called early and said ‘USC wants to offer you, I'm going to come and pick you up,'" said Bigelow. "Coach Quinn called USC and handed the phone to me. I talked to RB Coach [Todd McNair] then Coach Kiffin for about an hour. They wanted me to come to their junior day but I was already going to Cal."

With his two latest offers, Bigelow says it doesn't affect his verbal pledge to Washington, but he says he is keeping an open ear. "It will all play out in the end," he said.

Bigelow says Oregon State and Arizona State are in constant contact with Coach Quinn and could be the next schools to offer him.

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