El Cerrito High football player Jalen Harvey figured there was no use in waiting to make his college commitment.
Harvey, a junior who is rated a three-star wide receiver prospect by Rivals.com, made an oral commitment to Cal on Tuesday night.
"That's where I want to go and I pursued it. I'm not with all that wait stuff. When I want something, I attack it," said the 6-foot-1, 187-pounder. He said he was recruited by Cal to play wide receiver and "maybe special teams and a little bit of defense."
Harvey said he called Cal head coach Sonny Dykes and outside receivers coach Rob Likens to tell them of his decision Tuesday. Harvey mentioned Cal, UCLA and Arizona State as three teams he was considering before his decision Monday.
"I talked to every single coach that offered," Harvey said. "At the end of the day, Cal was on my mind and that's why I picked them."
Harvey has several reasons to commit to Cal, he said, including playing in front of his family.
"Plus the quarterback Jared Goff and I have a good connection," Harvey said.
Goff, a Marin Catholic High graduate who is a freshman at Cal this year, and Harvey got to know each other at a 7-on-7 football camp his sophomore year, Harvey said. They also happened to be opponents in last fall's North Coast Section Division III championship game, a 31-28 Wildcats victory in awful weather in which Goff accounted for 187 total offensive yards and a touchdown. Harvey caught six catches for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Harvey also knows Strawberry Canyon well.
"I've been running Strawberry Canyon since I was four or five. You run that hill, that's a good workout," said Harvey, who still runs a steep part of the canyon regularly.
El Cerrito will be loaded with senior talent for the 2013 season, including linebacker Derik Calhoun and defensive back Adarius Pickett, who are both four-star picks by Rivals.com. When Harvey was asked if he is talking to his teammates, such as Calhoun and Pickett, about joining him at Cal, Harvey said "They are thinking about it as it is. They make their own decisions."