UCLA snags former Cal standout wide receiver from transfer portal
UCLA landed a massive commitment from the transfer portal over the weekend. But the talent comes from in-state. And, to be even more specific, in-system.
Former Cal wideout J. Michael Sturdivant has committed to the Bruins, announcing his verbal pledge on social media Friday. A 6-foot-3 wideout from Highland Village, Texas, Sturdivant has three years of eligibility with the Bruins.
new address. same goals. 🦦 pic.twitter.com/lNzXznvDxY
— jmike🖤 (@jmike_04) January 13, 2023
A former 4-star wideout out of the 2021 class, Sturdivant had 755 receiving yards and seven touchdowns this past season for the Golden Bears. His 65 receptions ranked first on the team, as did his touchdown catches.
He was a consensus top-200 recruit and a top-30 wideout coming out of high school, choosing to sign with Cal from an offer least that very nearly included half of the Power Five.
As a true freshman in 2021, he appeared in only four games — mostly on special teams — to preserve a redshirt.
With the Bruins, Sturdivant could step into a starring role right away. Only three Pac-12 players had more 30-yard receptions in 2022 than Sturdivant (seven). With 5-star 2023 quarterback signee Dante Moore in line to take over for the departed Dorian Thompson-Robinson, he and Sturdivant could develop into one of the league’s better duos.
And there should be plenty of opportunity. UCLA has to replace its No. 1 receiver from 2022; Jake Bobo produced 57 receptions for 817 yards and seven scores in his lone season with the program, which were all high marks on the team.