Fresno State gets first 2018 commitment from 3-star Shamar Whestone

Three-star Upland (Calif.) cornerback Shamar Whestone is Fresno State's first 2018 commit.'s Lorenzo Reyna spoke to Whestone live at the Passing Down Best of the West tournament to get the latest.

The Fresno State Bulldogs’ new coaching staff put together an impressive 2017 recruiting class in a short amount of time - and now they have wrapped up spring practice with a bang by landing a 2018 three-star cornerback commit in Shamar Whestone.

Whestone became the Bulldogs’ first 2018 commit by announcing his decision after taking in the Fresno State Spring Preview on Saturday. He noted stadium, fan support, facilities and equipment as highlights of his experience.

“I loved the visit, the program, the players are cool, the program is nice,” Whestone explained. “I like Coach Tedford and Coach J.D. Williams, the cornerbacks coach. They really taught me a lot of great stuff up there.”

The 6-foot and 185-pound athlete kept a close eye on Fresno State defensive backs coach J.D. Williams on his visit, which he cited as one of his top selling points.

“He’s a great coach,” Whestone said of Williams. “He had the cornerbacks doing all the right things, had them in all the right position. All his cornerbacks move the same, they’re on the same page, and I just like the rhythm he teaches at. He breaks down the coverage for every player in every assignment.”

Prior to his commitment, Whestone also held an offer from New Mexico. He has interest from most Mountain West programs and has started to gain Pac-12 interest from Oregon State. Whestone knows he’ll have the opportunity to take on the Power-5 programs by playing for the Bulldogs.

“They love to compete up there,” Whestone said. “That’s why they play Alabama and Washington on their schedule and I respect that. They’re going to go up there and attack and do what they need to do to win. They might be the underdogs but they can still come out victorious.”

With Whestone’s commitment, the Bulldogs become just the fourth Mountain West program to secure a commitment for the 2018 class, according to's latest update.

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