With their wide-open, fast-faced offense, it's safe to say that the Bears will always be on the prowl for productive receivers in a Bear Raid offense that spreads the ball out to as many as eight receivers on a regular basis. Enter Hawaii-transfer wide receiver Trevor Davis, who will join the Bears in Berkeley this fall.
The incoming junior will need to sit out a year due to transfer rules but will practice with the team as soon as he's enrolled.
"I got my release from Hawaii after spring ball," said Davis. "After that, I emailed a lot of coaches and sent them highlights of what I'd done in Hawaii.
"Schools like Cal and Wisconsin were interested but I liked the coaches and the program a lot at Cal.
"The fact that I lived in the Bay Area (Alhambra High School/Martinez, CA) and I've been a Cal fan my whole life played a role but the decision came down to education (current 3.0 gpa) and what's best for my future and my career.
"I thought Cal was the best decision for me, by far. I like the coaches and I like the offense. I think things are going to boom for the program."
The speedy (4.4 forty) Davis has had plenty of exposure to wide-open offenses, playing in the run-and-shoot as a frosh as well as facing Dykes' Louisiana Tech team as a freshman, as well.
"We played against Louisiana Tech my freshman year and saw (49ers rookie wide receiver) Quenton Patton play in that offense," said Davis. They were really good and the system's really nice."
With his ideal size at 6-2/185 and speed, Davis should be a good fit in Cal's new wide-open offense and even though he was a productive receiver with the Warriors, with 45 catches for 600 yards and five touchdowns in his first two seasons, he felt Berkeley was the best fit for him.
"I wanted to go somewhere that I knew I could succeed," said Davis. "I didn't feel like their offense was the best fit for me, even though I came out of spring ball as a starter.
"I think I made a good decision."
Even though Davis will have to pay his own way until a scholarship opens up, the lure of a better offensive fit and a degree that could set him up for life was too much to pass up.
"The earliest I can get a scholarship is next spring," said Davis. "but I didn't think about that because I have a lot to gain at Cal and I can always pay off student loans in the future."
Davis has had a chance to get feedback from some of his future teammates and while mixed reviews from players adjusting to a new staff following last season might be expected, the word has been uniformly positive.
"All the guys I talked to have lots of great things to say about the Bear Raid and where the program's headed, along with the coaches. I think everyone's really excited about what's to come," concluded Davis.
To view Davis' highlights at Hawaii, use the embedded viewer below: