Fresno State Head Coach Jeff Tedford inherited a program that needed an immediate influx of talent and commitments from five junior college athletes on Sunday could play a big role for the 2017 season.
Tedford and Fresno State hosted several junior college recruits this weekend for visits and so far commitments have been landed from Fresno City College running back Nate Jones, Arizona Western College cornerback Matthew Boateng, Cisco College (Texas) cornerback Sherman Coleman, Ventura College athlete Vosean Crumbie and De Anza College defensive end and linebacker Emeka Ndoh.
In the last week, Coleman (featured in the video above) visited schools from Texas, Florida and California, but decided his future would be as a Fresno State Bulldog.
“What stood out the most was the tradition, the brotherhood," Coleman said. " The whole coaching staff is all Bulldogs. They are all from Fresno State. The city, they show so much love to the Fresno State football team. That right there, that really topped it off. I can see it, from them coming off a bad season, the fans were still there for support. What I feel like what’s going to happen next season, I think there will be some good things coming in California."
Former Hanford and Immanuel high schools athlete Emeka Ndoh was interested in a return home to Fresno State. He took an unofficial to the Bulldogs after the new coaching staff showed interest. To his surprise, he received an offer and quickly came to the decision that he wanted to be a Bulldog.
After the scholarship offer, Ndoh said, “from there on I went back home and told my parents and they were definitely excited. It’s an opportunity to play close to home. After talking to them I realized I didn’t want to play outside of the state. After having that epiphany I decided Fresno State was the place for me.”
Ndoh had offers from Idaho, Eastern Michigan, Kent State and Cal Poly, but was won over by the offer from his hometown school.
“Honestly, right now, I just can’t believe it.”
Vosean Crumbie and Matthew Boateng were reunited on their official visits this weekend and both decided to be Fresno State Bulldogs. The two athletes were teammates at IMG Academy in Florida in high school. Boateng headed to Arizona Western College and Crumbie to Ventura College.
Fresno City College running back Nate Jones also made his commitment Sunday. As a Ram, he had 115 carries for 586 yards and 6 touchdowns as a sophomore and 157 carries for 875 yards and 11 touchdowns as a freshman.
The five new commits make a total of seven junior college players who pledged to Coach Tedford. At least six qualify as mid-year transfers. The other commits are West Los Angeles quarterback Jorge Reyna and Ventura College tight end Gunner Javernick.
Stay tuned to BarkBoard.com for in-depth updates on the commits.