San Jose State Impressed Jeremiah Allison

It's becoming almost like a broken record, except this is something San Jose State fans are wanting to hear over and over again - a visitor previously unaware of SJSU comes away amazed after visiting. Yet that's exactly what to Jeremiah Allison during his official visit to the Spartans campus.

It's something people close to San Jose State have known for years, but something the rest of the country has failed to take notice - that SJSU is a great place to go to school, and a great place in general. SJSU head coach Mike MacIntyre and his staff are changing the perception prospects have of San Jose. Yet another one who came away from his official visit impressed is linebacker Jeremiah Allison of Dorsey High School in Los Angeles.

"I really liked it a lot," Allison told Inside Sparta after his visit. "It was a great experience to get to see the campus and all the facilities."

Allison said one of the things that impressed him most about the campus was the size, or rather the lack of size, making it easy to get around.

"It's all one campus," he said. "There's nothing going through it so everything is right there."

Student-athletes often talk about how great the coaches are, and Allison is no different. However, he came away surprised by several other parts of the San Jose State community.

"I was really impressed with the involvement of the athletic director and the president of the school," he said.

This was the first official visit for the Southern California star, and he was accompanied by his teammate, defensive tackle Justin Johnson. However, Allison has been to many college campuses on unofficial visits, including Stanford, Cal, USC, and UCLA.

"(San Jose State) is right at the top with them," he said. "Being this was an official visit I was able to get more in-depth with the San Jose State program so it was real good."

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Allison didn't pledge for the Spartans. He has a special place to make his announcement.

"Right now I'm scheduled to make my commitment at the Semper-Fi game on January 3," he said. "I do want to take some other visits before I make up my mind."

Allison didn't say where he'd like to visit. He will sit down and go over his impressive list of offers and decide on where he'll take his four remaining officials.

Not only a stellar athlete on the field, Allison is a top student. His coach, Paul Knox, recently told that, "He has not made a B in any class since he's been here. He's always had straight As,"

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