Just one year ago, Gunner Javernick of Canon City, Colo., was playing college basketball at Colorado State University Pueblo.
Now, the 6-foot-7, 250-pounder is the second oral commitment for new Fresno State football head coach Jeff Tedford.
The Ventura, Calif., Ventura College tight end made his decision to join Tedford and the Bulldogs on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Javernick told Scout that FS was his only offer.
In fact, Javernick wasn’t the most recruited football player from a community located southwest of Colorado Springs.
“I’ve always loved football, but I never got heavily recruited for football, so I chose basketball at the time because I was recruited more there,” Javernick said. “But then I went to the national website for junior colleges and sent my film out. That’s when I started to get recruited (for football).”
Most JC’s tried convincing Javernick to give offensive tackle a try. But that was a position Javernick didn’t want to play.
He lucked out at Ventura College, as head coach Steve Mooshagian and his staff already figured out where they wanted to place the former basketball forward.
“Ventura told me ‘We already have two All-Conference tackles. You’re our tight end,’ so I said ‘I’m in,’” Javernick said.
Javernick played in nine games last season for the Pirates, hauling in 13 catches for 125 yards and five touchdowns. He doubled as a reliable red zone option and bulldozing run blocker, as he would sometimes line up in the backfield as an extra fullback. Javernick credits Mooshagian’s knowledge of the game for helping him get reacclimated with his first sporting love.
“Where he helped me out the most was my blocking and route running,” Javernick said. “He’s very knowledgeable about the game.”
After being officially named the newest Fresno State head coach on Nov. 10, Tedford has already hit the recruiting trail hard and received commitments from two JUCO players, including Javernick.
The other is West Los Angeles College quarterback Jorge Reyna, who pledged to FS on Nov. 27. Javernick shared his excitement about playing with Reyna.
“I watched his film. He looks like he knows what he’s doing. It’s going to be fun playing with him,” Javernick said.
Javernick confirmed to Scout that he’s a mid-year transfer, meaning he’s eligible to enroll at FS in January and can participate in spring football practices with the ‘Dogs.
The Bulldogs also offered Fullerton College tight end Christian Williams today, indicating an emphasis on tight end play at Fresno State going forward.
Fresno State has also reportedly landed a local high school recruit as well - Clovis West offensive lineman Clive Truschel.
Truschel is not only a local recruit, he is a legacy recruit as well. His father, Jeff Truschel, played for the Bulldogs and was an All-Big West offensive lineman in 1988. He is listed at 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds.
Truschel’s commitment means new Fresno State Head Coach has already landed three commitments, along with the other 11 already pledged to the Bulldogs’ class of 2017.