Potential Fresno State recruiting targets to watch for in Bakersfield

Fresno State Head Coach Jeff Tedford is working to rebuild the connection between Fresno State and the Bakersfield area. Already, two from Kern County have committed to be Bulldogs. Here’s a look at who else in the area could be on Fresno State’s radar for the 2017 class.

Fresno State Commits



Coleman was the first Bakersfield area recruit to accept a scholarship to Fresno State in the Tedford era.


Former Bakersfield Christian standout and Texas Tech bounceback Grant Bouma has accepted a preferred walk-on offer.

Offered by Fresno state


Garces offensive lineman Sean Hatten committed to Montana State, but that was before Tedford was on board at Fresno State. The Bulldogs will try to flip him on his official visit later this month.


Likewise, Johnny Balderas remains committed to UNLV despite a recent offer from Fresno State. Former UNLV assistant J.D. Williams is now an assistant with the Bulldogs and Fresno State is attempting to bring Balderas with him.

Committed Elsewhere


Cherry has been off the market for almost a year due to his commitment to Cal. Now with just weeks before signing day, the Golden Bears are going through an unexpected coaching change. Cherry remains committed to Cal, but if he were to become available the ‘Dogs would certainly make a run.


Kurtis Brown is another big-time recruit who ended his recruitment early by committing to Arizona last April. However, sources tell BarkBoard.com that he will be using his official visits to check out at least one other program. A season-ending meniscus tear last October could put him back in Fresno State’s range.


The 6-foot-6 and 310-pound Schoene recently flipped from San Jose State to UNLV, but neither of Fresno State’s coaching staffs have made a serious run to keep him in the Central Valley so far.


The Ridgeview High School prospect is currently headed to UC Davis. The Bulldogs’ new linebackers coach is quite familiar with him - Bert Watts was UC Davis’s defensive coordinator when Knox was offered by the Aggies.

Other Top Prospects


Cole Beaty recently decommitted from Nevada and Fresno State has reportedly shown interest. Beaty is the brother-in-law of Michael Martens, a Fresno State receiver who finished his Bulldog career this past season. Beaty has trained with the Carr family as well.


Junior college prospect Derrick Vickers holds offers from multiple Mountain West schools and could line up against the Bulldogs next season.


Leung-Wai was one of Kern County’s top standouts at Ridgeview High School this past season. He holds an offer from San Diego State, but has otherwise been under the radar - somehow.


The talented athlete could be following his brother’s path to Iowa State. Ridgeview alumni Kamari Cotton-Moya is one of the Big 12’s most decorated, returning defensive backs in 2017.

On the Radar


The six-foot-five receiver has drawn interest, but the most serious interest has come from D-II and FCS programs. Bakersfield Christian Head Coach Darren Carr, and brothers David and Derek, would love to see Foster hauling down passes in the red-and-white checkerboard end zones at Fresno State. Foster has earned a two-star rating from Scout.


BCHS also has a running back who is expected to find his way to the next level.


Another impressive athlete in Kern County with size and athleticism that can’t be taught.

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