Mellow Attraction

California wide receiver/free safety Michael Calvin (6-2, 195, 4.5), from San Lorenzo, said he favors California (offer) slightly over Oregon (offer), USC, UCLA and Utah (offer). Calvin latest offer is from San Jose State.

Mike Calvin Profile

"I'm not really trying to favor anyone," Calvin said. "But if I had to pick a leader now, it would be Cal. I feel very comfortable with the coaching staff. They are very patient and really try to help you. I also like that the campus is close to home, only about 20 minutes away. If I need help, I wouldn't be too far away. But I wouldn't mind going out of state either. I'm going to visit the campus again on July 31. They are recruiting me the hardest. They send me text messages all the time

"Right behind Cal is Oregon. They have great facilities because it's a Nike school. I hear their fans are really great out there. I'm going to officially visit the Oregon campus on December 15. My coach thinks it would be good for me to see another school. The only campuses I've seen so far are California and USC--where I went to camp.

"The USC staff is good but the Cal staff is more mellow, and I like that," he said. "I had the fastest forty time at the USC camp when I ran a 4.5 and I ran really good routes when I was there. Their coaches asked my coach if I could play outside linebacker. They think I could easily put on 40 pounds. They know I want to be a wide receiver, though. I don't want to play outside linebacker, but I'll do whatever I have to do to get on the field.

"Dwayne Jarrett is going to the League and USC will lose Steve Smith too," Calvin said. "They told me they are looking to bring in three wide receivers and that they will call me in September.

"I like UCLA because it's a big school, but it's been awhile since I've heard from them. They want me more as a free safety and I prefer wide receiver, where I'm more of a threat and I can make plays with the ball. Schools that want me as a wide receiver have the best chance at me.

"Utah would be another school I like. They want me for wide receiver. I just like them.

"I'd say there is a 30% chance that I'll go to Cal, with all the other schools equal behind them," he said. "That would be unless USC offers. If they do, it would be a real hard decision for me, even though I'm more comfortable with the Cal coaches. I'd like to decide sometime in mid-December.

"I'm a key distraction out there as a wide receiver. I get a lot of deep balls thrown to me. I'm very quick off the line where I can zoom past you…and I'm a good blocker too. If I could get better at anything it would be on my routes, which I could be more polished at."

Final junior stats: 27 receptions/667 yards/13 TDs; 48 tackles/3 interceptions

Calvin reports a 2.9 core GPA and an 1150 SAT on a 2400 scale. He intends to retake the test but insists he is already qualified.

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