Cavil Goes From Reb to Bear

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By Jim McGill, Staff Writer
Posted Dec 15, 2012
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Following a whirlwind trip to Texas on the recruiting trail, new Cal head coach Sonny Dykes and asst head coach/wide receivers coach Rob Likens pulled in their second commitment in the last week with Madison (San Antonio, TX) receiver Dannon Cavil's commitment to Cal.

The 4 star receiver committed to Ole Miss back in March but remained open, taking an official visit to Cal in their romp over UCLA in October.

However, it was the in-home visit by Dykes and Likens this week that sealed the decision in Cavil's mind to switch up his commitment to Cal.

"You know, the in-home visit went well, but I'd already done a lot of research about Coach Dykes and his offense at Louisiana Tech before they were over. He's had a lot of receivers he's worked with that's gone on to the NFL and on to better things.

"I know they spread the ball around a lot with their four receiver sets and they're good men."

Cavil's family was fully on-board with the switch to Cal, making the decision easier for the 4 star receiver.

"My parents felt great about the decision," said Cavil. "That was ultimately the final thing that helped me decide to commit to Cal.

"They feel like I do that Cal was just the best fit for me. They helped me think everything through and they know what a great school Cal is.

"They liked Coach Dykes and Coach Likens a lot, too. It's funny -we've had a lot of coaches coming through the house lately and my mom always makes coffee and some kind of dessert and no one's really accepted anything. But the Cal coaches were happy to sit down with us and enjoy what she served and that was a real blessing to her. That made her visit."

Cal's academics were a big selling point for Cavil, an excellent student with a 3.4 gpa and it's safe to say that without the school's prestigious reputation, it might have been an insurmountable battle to sway Cavil to switch commitments this late in the game.

"It's great to be around like-minded people," said Cavil. "Cal's the†number one public university in the country and that speaks for itself. I want to be the best.

"Cal has every major you could possibly want and they're the top in almost all of them.

"I'm familiar with California, too, having lived in Monterey since I'm a military brat and I like it out there a lot.

"It was a really good visit out there. I really felt comfortable."

The 6-5/205 Cavil, who had 32 receptions for 766 yards and eight touchdowns his senior season, will be an early entrant for the Bears and will be in campus in three weeks for the spring semester and will participate in spring camp to get a crash course in Dykes' Bear Raid offense.

"With Chris being out with shoulder surgery, the coaches have told me I'll get a lot of reps in spring camp," said Cavil.

"Everyone's seen the talent we have at receiver and with me being an addition to that along with talented guys at quarterback like Zach Kline, we should do some real damage in the Pac 12.

Asked what he considered to be the strength of his game, Cavil's confidence came through, though he's far from cocky as a person.

"I'm not trying to be conceited but I'd describe myself as an all-around receiver," said Cavil. "I pride myself on making big plays and picking up yards after the catch. I've got good speed, too (4.45 forty and 10.8 100 as a soph in track). I try to see myself in the Calvin Johnson/Des Bryant/Julio Jones mould as a receiver."

Overall, Cavil's in agreement with the new Bear coaching staff that he's joining anything but a long term reclamation project at Cal.

"Hopefully we'll compete to win a national championship and I'll be glad to be a part of it."††

Beyond Ole Miss, the Bears beat out Baylor, South Carolina, Clemson, UCLA and others for Cavil's services.

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