OAKLAND, Calif. -- Of the five touchdowns scored by four-star receiver Isaiah Crocker at the Kenion Training 7on7 Kickoff on Sunday, four came on leaping grabs in traffic. The Scout offensive MVP of the event showed a smooth stride, effortless vertical elevation and a pair of secure hands. Of his five touchdowns, three came in traffic in the back corner of the end zone, and he had the body awareness to get his feet in bounds as TMP Elite advanced to the quarterfinals. While he stands at a shade over 6-foot-1, he plays like a 6-foot-3 receiver.
Crocker's hops come from playing basketball. He's the point guard for the Tigers on the hardwood, averaging 5.4 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game. On Friday, he helped Inderkum to a 64-52 win over River Valley in the penultimate game of the regular season.
Crocker started playing basketball when he was three, he said, and hoops has always been his No. 1 sport, but football -- which he started playing at eight-years old -- has made up ground.
"I started playing both sports, so I don't really have a favorite," Crocker said. Now, football may be pulling ahead.
Two weeks ago, Crocker scored his first six offers in one day -- from Colorado, UCLA, USC, Oregon State, Oregon and Hawaii -- with new California receivers coach Nick Edwards coming in with an offer one day later. The Ducks were already on campus that day -- just two days before National Signing Day -- to see Trajon Cotton and Josh Falo -- as was Oregon State.
"Coach [Dave] Baldwin (the Beavers' inside receivers coach) is cool, he's a good coach," Crocker said. "Coach Edwards, he was saying how he liked my film, and how I was working. He wanted to see what I was working with."
With Cal being close to home, and the new staff under Justin Wilcox determined to focus on local prospects, it's no surprise that Edwards offered one of the top receivers on the West Coast. Crocker knows two 2017 signees, in Kyle Harmon and Gavin Reinwald. While playing Reinwald's Elk Grove team this year, Crocker fractured his collar bone while playing quarterback, running a sweep, and missed six games. Nevertheless, in nine games, he recorded a 31 catches for 746 yards and 10 touchdowns -- all team highs.
"[Cal's] been my favorite college since I was a little kid, growing up," said Crocker, who idolized former Bears receiver Nyan Boateng, a family friend of Crocker's grandfather. "I always liked the atmosphere."
In fact, Crocker wore No. 8 in Little League because it was Boateng's number. He estimates that he's been to about 20 games at California Memorial Stadium over the years.
"He was always giving us tickets, and we would always go out there to watch him, so he's always been my inspiration," Crocker said of Boateng. "Cal would be a dream, but all these offers, coming in so fast, now I've got to start thinking about it."
Crocker has a 3.0 GPA, and posted a 3.1 last semester. He's shooting for a higher mark in the spring, and will take the SAT later in the spring.
As for those other schools that came in and offered, Crocker said that there's a lot to like.
Oregon: "Like everybody says -- the jerseys, the look; if you look good, you feel good, you play good -- and they have a building team. They're on the rise."
Oregon State: "Oregon State, I love coach Baldwin. Coach Baldwin has been texting me a lot, and Trajon's been there, TMP Mafia. Corvallis is pretty cool. I want to take a trip out there, and Oregon. I've got to ask coach Baldwin. I'm not going to do official visits yet."
Colorado: "[Buffaloes linebacker] N.J. Falo, he's a good one, and Josh [Falo] was supposed to go there, but he decided to go to USC. N.J., I'm pretty cool with N.J. He went to Inderkum."
UCLA: "UCLA, coach Angus [McClure], he's one of my favorite college coaches to talk to. He wants to get me there soon. I've been down to L.A., and I've actually been to UCLA for a game, just as a fan. It's a pretty cool atmosphere. I like it a lot."
USC: "USC, Josh is going there, and I've seen a lot. They're on the extreme rise. I think they're going to be a top team, top 10. That's going to be a good atmosphere to go to."