Recruiting Notebook: Cal State Game

Visalia, a Central California city of 120,000, will host the Cal State All-Star Game at its Mineral King Bowl tomorrow night. Select players from the state have been in town since as early as Tuesday, participating in a full slate of bowl game-like activities and practicing in separate groups at the College of the Sequoias.

Here are some quick observations from conversations with a few of the players Friday:

Quarterback Kelly Hilinski (Notre Dame -- Sherman Oaks, CA) told me that he spoke with new Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre this morning and came away very impressed with the fresh leadership in Boulder. The three-star gunslinger plans to visit the Buffaloes, Arkansas, Yale, and Columbia in January. He said that choosing either Colorado or the Razorbacks is contingent upon whether or not either of those schools decides to offer a second quarterback in the 2013 class, which is still to be determined.

Speaking of the SEC, Inglewood's Chauntez Jackson remains firmly committed to Tennessee. He told me that the Volunteers still plan to use him as a tight end, and that he prefers that position to the defensive end spot, where he played throughout most of high school. Jackson says his route-running developed greatly over the course of his senior season.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Kenneth Clark (Carter HS -- Rialto, CA) and offensive tackle Poasi Moala (Rancho Verde HS -- Moreno Valley, CA) both remain solid in their verbal commitments to UCLA. Both trenches have long been a position of need for the Bruins, and it looks like Jim Mora will bolster those spots with his 2013 class.

Staying in the Pac-12, linebacker Kevin Palma (Mission Oak HS -- Tulare, CA) is excited about his commitment to Stanford. He played more offense than defense in high school, though, so he wouldn't mind getting a look at tight end from the Cardinal.

Finally, versatile Torrance DE/TE Mat Boesen remains bullish on Boise State. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder -- who resembles the Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews (his favorite player) with his long hair -- said that Broncos coach Chris Petersen is looking at him as an outside linebacker, a position that he hasn't played since freshman year of high school.

The Cal State Game is Saturday night at 6 p.m. FOX Sports Next will have more updates soon, including full articles on the aforementioned players.


David Lombardi covers Stanford sports for The Bootleg and FOX Sports Next. He can also be heard on San Francisco's 95.7 The Game. Check him out at www.davidlombardisports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidMLombardi.

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