For wide receiver Bryce Treggs – who seriously considering switching from Cal to UCLA while in high school and still has numerous friends who play for the Bruins – this is not just another game.
“It’s personal,” he said.
The Bears (4-2, 2-2 Pac-12) and Bruins (4-2, 1-2) collide Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, and Treggs finds motivation wherever he looks.
A native of Inglewood, Treggs counts UCLA players Jordan Payton, Ishmael Adams and Jaleel Wadood among his friends.
“I know ‘em very well,” said Treggs, explaining he cuts off communication with his Los Angeles-based buddies prior to meeting on the field. “There’s no texting, there’s no friends during game week. I’ll talk to them after this week and the weeks before this. But game week, I’m with my teammates.
“All games are important,” Treggs said, “but this is the one I really want to get.”
Treggs admits he considered decommitting from Cal for about a week prior to signing day when new UCLA coach Jim Mora made a strong, late bid. The Bears already had seen several top recruits flip to new schools – Shaq Thompson to Washington, Ellis McCarthy to UCLA, Arik Armstead to Oregon – and Treggs was tempted.
“They were pushing a lot. I’m not going to lie, I considered going there, but ended up sticking with my commitment,” he said. “I’m happy with my decision. I’m a Golden Bear.”