Bryce McGovern had an incredible career in Bay Area high school sports up in Danville, and will now look to continue that on the regional college level with the Golden Bears. Cal is running out of scholarships to offer for the 2011 football class, so the 5'10", 193 lb McGovern will walk-on and try to earn his own. Ryan Gorcey of Rivals has a great writeup on his commitment.
Eric Kiesau did a lot of great things as Cal wide receivers coach, but one of his most impressive talents was turning walk-ons into productive receivers. Burl Toler, Vinnie Strang and LaReyelle Cunnigham all made the most of their opportunities when other more highly recruited receivers got injured. His biggest success story came in Colorado though, when he turned walk on Scotty McKnight into the most productive wide receiver in Buffaloes history. Perhaps McGovern could be that type of receiver.
Academics will not be a problem for McGovern, as he was looking at Ivy League schools before applying. McGovern hopes to learn from former Monte Vista wideout great Ryan Whalen, who walked onto Stanford and earned his scholarship by becoming one of Andrew Luck's most dependable targets.
Welcome to Cal, Bryce. GO BEARS!
After the jump, more info on McGovern, and video highlights.
Kyle Bonagura of the Danville Patch has more on his commitment.
"Everything seemed to go perfect," he said. "Cal is such a great academic schools, it's super close to home and it's good football."
Until Cal coach Jeff Tedford — also a Danville resident — called a month ago, McGovern was considering options to play in the Ivy League. However, once the walk-on opportunity at Cal presented itself, McGovern zeroed in on playing for Cal.
"I've always loved Cal and when coach Tedford called, it really opened my eyes," McGovern said.
Finally, the highlights, courtesy of what looks like Bryce's personal YouTube channel.
2009 regular season.
2010 regular season.