Sunday was expected to be a typical day in the Lagemann household in Saratoga, Calif. Maybe some light reading, some working in the yard or maybe some time in front of the tube was in store for receiver Alex Lagemann, but then he received a phone call that has suddenly changed his life.
That call was from Cal coach Jeff Tedford and he was officially extending the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder a scholarship offer to join the Bear family. It was an offer that blew him away and kind of caught him off guard.
"I was hanging out in my room and then coach Tedford called," Lagemann, who had ran a 4.5-seocnd 40-yard dash the day before at the Palo Alto NIKE Training Camp, said. "I was expecting it to be a lot like the other calls I've gotten so far. He said he liked how I performed at the NIKE Camp.
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"He liked my speed, hands and footwork. He also liked the 1960 on the SAT and my 4.2 gpa. He said, 'I just wanted to let you know we're extending you a full scholarship offer.' I wasn't expecting it. I was speechless. I was silent for a minute or two. Getting an offer from a Pac 10 school has always been a dream of mine."
With comments like that, you might expect Lagemann to jump on the offer almost immediately after getting it. However, he said isn't ready to pull the trigger quite yet.
"Coach Nate Neslon from Stanford said the minute I got an offer from somebody to give them a call, so I called him after I got the offer and told him about it," Lagemann said. "He told me to hang tight and they'll see what they can do now. Those are my top two for sure – Stanford and Cal."
But Lagemann admits that the Cardinal might have a slight edge.
"I think Stanford in the lead now," he said. "It's not all about football for me. I feel like my shot in the NFL is slim, and I have to prepare myself for the rest of my life. I have to think about 20 yeas from now when I have wife and kids.
"I'm going to go to both of their camps. I think I will commit this summer after going to both of their camps. Stanford with their education is tempting, but there might be something about Cal that I've not heard about that might turn me. I love Cal a lot, too. Those are the only two junior days that I went to, and I love all the coaches on both staffs. I'm going to have a tough decision."
But for now Lagemann is on cloud nine.
And that first offer might be just the tip of the iceberg, too.
USC called and he said Pete Carroll told him he was very impressed with his NIKE Camp performance. Arizona State, Washington State, Oregon, Boise State and seven Ivy League schools have also called him and been by the school, too.
Lagemann had 43 catches for 736 yards and eight touchdowns during his 2005 season. He earned first team all-league and was a second-team all-CIF selection. His league also recognized him as its most valuable receiver.
"This has been amazing," he said. "I never thought all of this would happen like it has. I'm so excited."