Cal lands transfer commitment from former Washington receiver
Cal is the landing spot for former Washington wideout Taj Davis.
The 6-foot-2 receiver from Upland, California, announced his commitment to the Golden Bears on his social media page Wednesday. Davis comes to Berkeley with two seasons of eligibility remaining after spending four years in Seattle.
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Davis was in a crowded receiver room at UW — without a doubt one of the best receiver rooms in the country. Rome Odunze and Jalen McMillan are set to dominate snaps and targets once again in 2023, so Davis entered the portal following the spring.
At Cal, he finds a mutually beneficial situation. The Bears have been in the market for a new No. 1 option in the pass game since J.Michael Sturdivant opted to transfer to UCLA. Davis could certainly fit the bill.
He took a redshirt during his first year on campus in 2019 and then opted out of the COVID year in 2020. In 2021, Davis started in six of his 11 appearances and caught 26 balls for 329 yards and a touchdown. Last season, Davis brought in 21 receptions for 277 yards and three scores.
During the 2022 campaign, the UW passing game flourished. Davis was deployed as an outside receiver who could venture into the slot and worked mostly the intermediate parts of the field. He had an average depth of target of 13.5 yards and was in the slot 36% of the time. On 38 targets, he was only charged with one drop.
Cal might find they can move him around the field. He’ll join a group that includes Jeremiah Hunter, Mavin Anderson, Monroe Young — first-team receivers in the spring — Mason Starling, Illinois transfer Brian Hightower, and Mississippi State transfer Marquez Dortch. Four-star freshman Nyziah Hunter has also joined the team by way of the 2023 signing class.
Davis will get to make a return trip to Seattle with his new teammates in September. The Bears face the Huskies on the road on Sept. 23 this upcoming season.