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July 9, 2011

Treggs picks Golden Bears


On Friday, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco wide receiver Bryce Treggs texted BearTerritory to say that all the rumors of him committing this weekend were a bit premature.

"Nah, not tomorrow," the text said, early Friday afternoon. "I'm thinking about late August."

Fair enough. Then, about 20 hours later, a second text: "Change of plans. It's happening today."

As soon as Treggs gets on the phone, he answers the first question with an audible smile. So, Bryce, where are you headed?

"You already know who it is, man," said the newest California Golden Bear. "I just wanted to get it out of the way, honestly. It's the school that I've wanted to go to for a long time, so I just figured that I might as well make the decision now."

Treggs has been a constant companion to the Bears' quarterback commit Zach Kline one of the stars of this week's The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., and back in March, just after the commitment of Shaq Thompson, Kline gave Treggs plenty of grief for not pulling the trigger. Now, though, it's official.

"I already told Zach," Treggs said, shortly before 9 AM on Saturday. "He was excited. He was real fired up."

Treggs' father Brian is a former Golden Bear himself, and was understandably happy that his son will now follow in his footsteps.

"My dad was real excited for me," Bryce said. "He was happy."

Treggs has formed a strong bond with young, personable Cal wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau, and cemented that bond during the Bears' recent three-day full-contact camp, which he attended with Kline. The biggest reason that Treggs finally decided to pull the trigger, in fact, came down to coaching.

"It was honestly when I took that visit up there for the full-contact camp," Treggs said. "The relationship that I built with coach Kiesau, he's a great coach, and I can definitely see myself playing for him. I like his coaching style, I just like everything about him. We have a great relationship."

Another big factor was the fact that after his commitment, Treggs can now join Kline in recruiting others.

"Exactly," Treggs said. "That's another reason why I did it early: so I can help recruit a better class."

Treggs is one of the premier wide receivers at The Opening, held at the NIKE headquarters in Beaverton. Rivals.com analyst Adam Gorney went so far as to say that the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder was the best wide out on the field, backing up his four-star rating and his No. 133-overall ranking in the 2012 class.

"The experience here is great," Treggs said. "There are a lot of the best kids. It's not like a regular 7-on-7 tournament where you have some guys that are good and some guys that are OK. Everybody is great. You have to bring your A-game."

On Friday, Treggs and his squad beat up that of Texas commit Connor Brewer en route to an undefeated day in the 7-on-7 pool play portion of the event.

"I did well that game, too," said Treggs. "It's a challenge, going up against these big linebackers. These linebackers are huge."

Treggs' next stop will be the Passing Down 7-on-7 finals in Fresno, Calif., where he will likely team with Kline and another big Cal wide receiving target in Jordan Payton.

"Zach and I are going to play in that," Treggs said. "We're going to play on the same team."

Treggs becomes the third official pledge for the Bears' 2012 class, joining Kline and linebacker Michael Barton out of Concord (Calif.) De La Salle.

Treggs also had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon State, San Jose State, Stanford, UCLA, Utah and Washington.




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