Christian Tago Talks About SJSU Commitment

San Jose State football picked up its fourth verbal commitment of the 2012 recruiting year when athlete Christian Tago of Highland High School in Palmdale, Calif., made the call to Spartans head coach Mike MacIntyre. His father made the pledge public earlier today, and Inside Sparta spoke this evening with the newest Spartan, including where he's projected to play.

When Inside Sparta spoke last week with athlete Christian Tago of Highland High School in Palmdale, Calif., there were strong hints that he'd actually chosen San Jose State, though at the time he denied any committment. On Tuesday his father emailed's Brandon Huffman with to make it public that his son had, indeed, pledged to the Spartans. Later that evening Tago confirmed he'd become the fourth commitment to SJSU head coach Mike MacIntyre.

"I called Coach MacIntyre last Wednesday and committed," Tago said. "My parents and I wanted to keep it on the down-low for a while, but it's official."

The 6-foot-0, 218-pound Tago picked SJSU over offers from San Diego State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and UC Davis. He'd also attended the UCLA camp over the summer, but hadn't received an offer from the Bruins.

"I'm solid to San Jose State," he said. "My recruiting is over. I haven't called the other coaches and told them yet but I will soon."

A three-star athlete according to Tago plays quarterback, linebacker, and safety for Bulldogs but will be given the chance to chase his dream when he steps on South Campus.

"The coaches told me I could compete at quarterback and that's always been my dream," he said. "I know they have some big-time QBs already there but I'll give it my best. If I don't get the quarterback spot than I'll get to play at another position."

San Jose State jumped into the mix early and that, along with his comfort level, were the main factors in his decision. The Spartans recent success on the field weren't.

"Not a bit," Tago said. "They were the first to offer and the coaches are great. The school is close to my family so my parents will get to see me play."

Tago has faced two of his future teammates this season. Highland opened the year with a 42-35 win over Burroughs High School of Ridgecrest, Calif. Spartans fans will recognize Burroughs as the school of summer commitment Kyle Hart.

In a pre-season scrimmage the Bulldogs went up against future SJSU wide receiver Travis Talianko and the St. Francis Golden Knights.

The talented athlete will take his official visit to SJSU on Dec. 10. However, he's not a stranger to 7th and Alma.

"I went up there for one of their camps over the summer," Tago said. "That's really when they first started noticing me." He added that he hopes to visit for either the game against Idaho on Nov. 5 or when Navy comes to town on Nov. 19.

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