FULLERTON, Calif. -- One of the players the California coaching staff really wanted to see in person this Sunday at Fullerton College was La Mirada (Calif.) wide receiver Tony Brown.
Brown showed decent speed, but the Bears are really looking for a burner wide receiver in this class. That said, Brown has very good hands and is a great route runner. He could very well be an offer guy down the road.
"I really like the academics, really, and the type of offense that they run," said Brown, who likes the prospect of catching "a whole ton" of balls.
Last season, Brown caught 43 balls for 626 yards at Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, despite playing opposite fellow Cal target Equanimeous St. Brown, who was also in attendance on Sunday.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, who just joined the Matadors after transferring from Servite, likes the Cal coaching staff a lot, and learned some techniques he'll carry into his first season under Mike Moschetti.
Brown said he plans on visiting the Bears "some time next month."
• Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin and Likens held a special throwing session to finish the main camp, with 2015 Visalia (Calif.) El Diamante quarterback J.C. Robles getting a heavy look, as well as 6-foot-3.5, 220-pound Fullerton College quarterback Johannes Verhaegh, who greyshirted last season, and was a full qualifier coming out of Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. He still has all of his eligibility, and can really sling the rock with an easy motion and high RPM. After this season – his first as the starter at Fullerton, during which the Bears will keep a close eye on him – he'd have four years to play three. He scored a 33 on his ACT coming out of high school, and finished his first year at Fullerton with a 4.0 GPA.
• Robles caught Franklin's eye because of his 4.0 GPA, his 1600 SAT and his 4.6-second 40-yard dash. He doesn't throw much, as El Diamante is about a 9:1 run-to-pass team, but when he does uncork the ball, he's very smooth. Head coach Sonny Dykes kept a close eye on him, as well, throughout the day, and the 6-foot-4, 200-plus-pounder already has an offer from Sacramento State.
• Wide receivers coach Rob Likens was also quite taken with a pair of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) receivers, including Jerry Chaney -- who showed good route-running ability and hands during his workout, but not elite-level speed. That said, if the Bears get the burner they want in this class, Chaney is definitely an offer candidate maybe a few months down the road.
• The other Cougars wide receiver who helped his case was long, lanky and sure-handed Blake Fisher. Last season, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Fisher caught 65 balls for over 970 yards and 15 touchdowns, and it was easy to see why. He has easy speed, very sound hands and plus ball skills, for which he earned a lot of praise from Likens.
Right now, Fisher has a Portland State offer, but Auburn, Colorado, Colorado State, Arizona State, Washington and Washington State are taking a look, with the Cougars taking the most interest. After camp, you can add Cal to the list.
"I hope so," Fisher said. "I went to a game last year, and we had a little bit of a connection, but hadn't talked a lot."
• Another tall drink of water -- Cameron Sutton of Norco (Calif.) – stood out, as he came to camp with several other members of the Ground Zero 7on program. The 2015 pass-catcher checks in at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, with good hands and a smooth gait. He's got offers from Idaho, Montana and Montana State, with Oregon and USC wanting to see the first three games of his senior season before issuing a potential offer.
• Oceanside (Calif.) offensive lineman Cedric Bigge-Duren has Washington State, San Jose State, Nevada and Montana State offers, and caught the eye of Yenser, who really pushed Bigge-Duren to be more aggressive in his pass sets. Bigge-Duren played both tackle and guard, at Yenser's urging, after checking in at 6-foot-6, 295 pounds. Bigge-Duren said that he's dropped nearly 30 pounds over the past year, getting into better shape.
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