After an early commitment to Southern Methodist in early summer, things were far from over with Rouse (Leander, TX) High School athlete Billy McCrary III's recruitment.
First, the departure of SMU head coach June Jones opened up McCrary's commitment in a big way. Plus, an early commitment from a top student athlete to a somewhat unstable program was not about to stop Cal and inside receivers/special teams coach Mark Tomerdahl from continuing to pursue the speedy and versatile McCrary.
Responsible for over 5,000 yards in total offense in his three seasons on varsity, McCrary has the type of athleticism and academic profile the Bears have placed in high demand in their recruiting wishlist.
With mind-blowing numbers like a 42 inch vertical and 4.38 electronic forty run at the U.S. Army All-American combine in January following the All-American Bowl and 3.9 gpa, McCrary's an ideal fit with what the Cal staff is trying to do on either side of the ball.
Having played a running quarterback and slot receiver, McCrary is being recruited by Cal as an athlete, though his future may well be on the other side of the ball at safety, with immediate playing time and ability to have an instant impact well within reach.
"We're so excited about Billy's commitment to Cal," said McCrary's mother Carol. "It just seems like the perfect fit for him and can't wait for him to have the opportunity to play there and be a student."
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