11th-hour reversal: Berkeley’s King now to Cal, Norrise to Sac State

In one wild 48-hour stretch, a pair of Berkeley High commits have reversed fields. Linebacker Lucas King, a second-team All-East Bay selection and No. 16 on the Cream of the Crop list, has received an offer from Cal and expects to sign with the Golden Bears on Wednesday. He previously was orally commited to Idaho State.

“(Cal) was his original choice from the beginning,” Berkeley coach Alonzo Carter said. “It’s systematically the best fit for him.”

Cal runs a 3-4 defense and King is best suited as an outside linebacker in such a scheme. Wednesday is the first day national letters-of-intent can be signed.

Carter kept in touch with the Bears coaching staff and they reevaluated his game film today and coach Jeff Tedford gave to go-ahead to offer King a scholarship, Carter said. The Bears will likely plan to grey-shirt King, delaying his admittance to January 2010, followed by a red-shirt during his freshman season.

Morris Norrise, previously committed to Southern Utah, also has switched his commitment and will instead join Sacramento State.

Carter said Norrise’s change of heart came after watching the performance in the Super Bowl of the Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald. Southern Utah was recruiting him as a defensive back, Sacramento State plans to make him a wide receiver.

Carter said Sacramento State confirmed an offer at the receiver position on Monday and Norrise decided today to make the switch.

“This is one of the craziest turn of events ever,” Carter said.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.