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The California Golden Bears first verbal commit in the 2011 class hails from Texas – Houston Lamar athlete Darren Ervin. Last year, Cal received its first verbal pledge from Lone Star State standout Jay Guy, who later reneged on his commitment to sign with a Big XII program closer to home. How solid is Ervin with the Bears? Check inside for the details…

Darren Ervin (5-11, 195) wasn't receiving major attention from California last fall. He admits the Golden Bear coaches were not sending him mail. Schools much closer to home were showing the most attention early on. Nonetheless, he wanted to go to college in the Golden State, and Cal had the most to offer in terms of his major.

"I want to major in engineering," said Ervin. "I researched and saw Cal was ranked just behind MIT in engineering."

Coupling the academics with playing in the Pac-10 for perennial bowl team made the Bears an obvious choice in his eyes despite the nearly 2,000-mile distance from home.

"I've been on my own before away from home," he added. "My sophomore year I went to Tokyo, Japan for student exchange program. I'm not worried being away from home."

Ervin says there are a few schools he also researched that interested him and had good engineering programs in case Cal didn't offer. "Texas A&M, Oregon, Texas, and Texas Tech," he said.

At this point, he says the researching is over. "I probably going to end it," Ervin said of his recruitment. "I made a commitment and I'm responsible to keep that commitment.

"Now, I can focus on my school work, focus on my SAT, ACT and the upcoming season.

Ervin did say, however, if Texas or LSU offered, they might be the only schools he would consider visiting.

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