"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."
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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