Cal transfer wide receiver J.Michael Sturdivant ends up at UCLA, Monroe Young returns
Another critical loss for the Bears.
After some hopes that he might return with the commitment of a top quarterbacking talent, wide receiver J.Michael Sturdivant completed his portal journey. He will be headed to the UCLA Bruins this year.
This is a tough one. Sturdivant was Cal’s most proficient pass catcher, top-50 in the country in receptions with 65. He also was top 100 in receiving yards with 755. There were stories that Sturdivant’s trainer was instrumental in him finding his schools, and even deciding to leave Cal:
“Before he even hit the portal, we’d already set aside what he was looking for and who he was interested in,” Hooks said. “He pretty much already had it picked. How it works now, he can’t talk to coaches, but I’m a third party and I can. So, I can call around and talk to people and let him know he’s possibly going to hit the portal and who was interested in him.”
Cal has now lost two of its top talents to the transfer portal to UCLA. Linebacker Femi Oladejo also transferred to the Bruins early in the offseason.
Some good news for the Bears receiving corps: Monroe Young confirmed he will be returning to Berkeley for his final season of eligibility.
With Young back, Cal is on pace to keep three of its top four wide receivers with Mavin Anderson and Jeremiah Hunter. That should be more than enough production for the Cal receiving game to stay as productive as it can.