Berkeley High senior wide receiver Sean Young verbally committed to play for Cal in 2003 earlier this week.
Young said the decision came down to choosing between Cal and UCLA.
“I really wanted to go to a UC, so I weighed the pros and cons between Cal and UCLA,” Young said Tuesday. “Everything came up in Cal’s favor, so I decided it’s my school.”
Young, who runs a 4.4 40-yard dash and was the offensive MVP at UCLA’s summer camp, said he has talked several times with Cal head coach Jeff Tedford and liked the coaching staff. Young, who stands 5-foot-9 and weighs 165 pounds, lives close to the Cal campus and cited the proximity as one of the main reasons he chose his hometown school.
“The stadium is real close to my house, so my family can come watch me play,” Young said. “I just liked it up there a lot.”
High school players can’t sign official letters of intent until November, so Young’s oral commitment isn’t binding. UCLA is still calling and sending recruiting information, and Young admitted he is still listening to the Bruins’ pitch.
“Anything can change in a few months,” Young said. “UCLA is still talking to me, and I don’t want to limit things. I’ll probably still take an official visit there before signing day.”
Young is the second local player to commit to the Bears. St. Mary’s High’s Leon Drummer gave his verbal last month.