Bears Add Talented Receiver in Mater Dei's Remigio


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By Jim McGill, Staff Writer
Posted Jun 16, 2017
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Mater Dei receiver Nikko Remigio
The Cal pipeline into Mater Dei grew deeper today with the commitment of 5-11/180 4 star receiver Nikko Remigio just days after camping at Cal last weekend.

Remigio will join other former Mater Dei players Chase Forest, who's strongly in the running for the starting quarterback position this fall, starting center Addison Ooms, starting fullback Malik McMorris and receiver Matt Rockett. All four former Monarchs are juniors.

"It couldn't have been a better decision for me," said Remigio.

Even before his visit to Cal and subsequent offer last weekend, the Bears were high on Remigio's radar for their combination of exciting play and academic prowess.

"Before even making the trip up there, Cal was a school that definitely impressed me," said Remigio. "Not just having an excellent football program but outstanding academics, as well. To be able to combine those two aspects not too far from home was something especially attractive about Cal to me.

"And then of course, going up there and experiencing what it was like up there and getting to interact with the new coaching staff and seeing what the overall vibe was up there, it absolutely blew me away. It was really hard to pass up the opportunity and not commit."

The Bears new staff made a big impression on the talented receiver, especially wide receivers coach Nick Edwards and head coach Justin Wilcox.

"They're amazing," said Remigio. Being a new coaching staff yet having previous connections, like Coach Edwards and Coach Baldwin having coached together at Eastern Washington in their high-powered offense helped them bring that bond over to Cal And they really put it all together well.

"Coach Edwards is a really intelligent man and somebody I'd love to have as a receivers coach. I can't wait to see what else he has to offer me. In the very short amount of time I was there, I was very impressed by him, the way he carries himself and the way he challenged me and the other players there.

"Coach Baldwin, I didn't get to talk to as much but we melded very well. He's a great guy and I can see myself growing very fond of him.

"Coach Wilcox, when I met with Coach Wilcox, we instantly connected. He's a very humble man. He doesn't big-time anyone. The way he talks to kids at the camp, he really gives every the time and attention that really makes a difference.

"It's hard to put into words on how impressed I am with the new coaching staff there at Cal."

Doing his research on the Cal staff, Remiggio had the chance to view video of receivers coach Nick Edwards covering former EWU and Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams in 1-on-1 coverage in a tight and spirited battle a few years ago.

Even though Edwards had been out of the game for a few years as a coach and played on the offensive side of the ball, he stuck Adams in coverage like a battle tested collegiate DB.

"That was awesome," said Remigio, with a laugh. "That impressed me right away, like, wow, this is Cal's coach. That was really cool to see."

The 4 star receiver hauled in 46 passes for 758 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior while sharing receiving duties with the talented brother tandem of Osiris and Amon-Ra St. Brown, who pulled in an impressive 40 touchdowns between them in 2016.

Remigio stood out at the recent Oakland Nike event, showcase good hands and a shifty athleticism that set him apart from the competition.

On the academic front, Remigio holds a 3.5 gpa at Mater Dei.

The Bears beat out final five competitors UCLA, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Nebraska, as well as USC and more for Remigio's services.

Remigio becomes the 8th commit to the 2018 class, joining TE McCallan Castle, offensive tackle Jasper Friis, defensive tackles Atonio Mafi and Justin Kakala, defensive end John Henry Tevis linebacker Omari Harris and outside linebacker Nick Alftin.

To view highlights from Remigio's performance at the recent Oakland Nike event, use the embedded viewer below:

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