Fresno State is not known for early activity when it comes to football recruiting, but in the last 48 hours the Bulldogs went from four 2017 commits to seven, an unprecedented number for this time of year.
The new additions to the class include a new junior college quarterback - Cameron Burston, a high school wide receiver - Patrick Jeune, and a high school cornerback - Darrius Outland... all from California.
First, on Sunday, Inglewood (Calif.) Morningside wide receiver Patrick Jeune took an unofficial visit to Fresno State and committed to the Bulldogs on the spot.
Jeune impressed as a junior, making an impact in all three phases of the game. Jeune held offers from Nevada and San Diego State - He also said nearly every Mountain West and Pac-12 school had shown interest in him.
“I committed because of the coaches, the facilities and everything, but mainly the coaches,” Jeune told BarkBoard.com Sunday after committing. “They were real. Some coaches want you just to want you… I noticed that they were really about me, really wanted me and kept in contact with me, stayed vocal and checked in on me. That fit the bill for me."
“The coaches I talked to were Coach Kiesau, Peterson and Toler.”
On Monday morning, the Bulldogs landed a second recruit - Irvine (Calif.) University HS cornerback Darrius Outland.
Outland was offered personally by Defensive Coordinator Lorenzo Ward at a 7-on-7 tournament back in June.
“I was offered during the championship game,” Outland told Scout’s Lorenzo Reyna in June. “(Fresno State) is a powerhouse football team and I love the way they play.”
On Monday evening, a third recruit committed to the Bulldogs and became the headliner to date in the 2017 class - Contra Costa College quarterback Cameron Burston.
Burston was a three-star recruit and a Top-10 California QB out of high school, and he was committed to San Jose State. Due to complications with his high school’s accreditation, Burston was not eligible for college and went to Contra Costa College.
Burston now enters his second year of junior college and has offers from Hawaii, San Jose State and Fresno State. He made his commitment to the Bulldogs Monday.
"I am a pocket-passer with the ability to run and create outside the pocket," Burston told Scout’s Scott Eklund in February. "I'm a natural competitor so I do anything I can to win. I'm a motivator and a playmaker."
The Bulldogs now head into Fall Camp on Thursday with seven recruits committed to the 2017 class. Fresno State can take a maximum of 25 scholarship players on National Signing Day in February, but Head Coach Tim DeRuyter and his staff typically sign less than 20 with the option of bringing in additional players between February and Fall Camp.
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