California bolstered their aerial attack after receiving the commitment of Nikko Remigio, who announced his decision to join the team Friday.
Remigio told Scout.com’s Ryan Gorcey about his plans to attend Cal.
“I think something special is going to happen over there,” he said.
The 4-star wide receiver ranks 16th in the west region and 62nd nationally at his position on Scout.
Remigio’s production rose sharply in his junior year at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. He caught 20 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns in 2015 and followed up with 46 receptions for 758 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016, per MaxPreps.
Mater Dei has a reputation for grooming talented quarterbacks, a list that includes Matt Leinart, Colt Brennan and Matt Barkley. Remigio has undoubtedly benefited from having the next passer in that lineage, J.T. Daniels, a 2019 recruit whose reputation grows with each year.
Of course, that’s not to say Remigio isn’t talented in his own right.
At 5’11” and 170 pounds, he projects as a slot receiver. He lined up in the slot as well as in a more traditional wideout position as a junior. He’s an agile runner who can create separation on shorter routes or find space farther down the field.
While he doesn’t possess breakaway speed, Remigio can make defenders miss and turn short plays into long gains.
Despite his size, Remigio is also capable of reaching up and snatching the ball out of the air. Fox Sports West shared a replay of his touchdown grab in his team’s 58-16 victory over Servite High School:
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It’s doubtful Remigio will be a revelation immediately upon stepping on the Cal’s campus. He doesn’t have the physical tools to make a player of his size an otherworldly pass-catcher.
However, Remigio will likely make incremental improvements with each year until he’s a vital piece of the offense by the time he’s a junior or senior. Golden Bears fans will want to keep the California native on their radar in 2019 and 2020.
Former Cal head coach Sonny Dykes had a hard time building the program over the past four seasons with a 19-30 record and one bowl appearance before he was fired after a 5-7 mark in 2016.
Justin Wilcox is heading into his first season leading the Golden Bears and has his work cut out for him. Recruiting was not kind to the Golden Bears in 2017, with Scout.com ranking the class as the worst in the Pac-12 and 66th in the nation.
The addition of a high-ceiling playmaker like Remigio in 2018 certainly puts California on a much better path for success under Wilcox.