Arizona, Texas, and now Nevada. Those states have joined California in producing future Spartans. On his first official visit, linebacker Zach Hutchins of Biship Gorman High School made the decision to attend and play football at San Jose State.
"The coaches were the number one reason I committed," Hutchins said. "But it was a great time, great school, I loved the guys. They're really about being a family there."
Hutchins committed to SJSU over UNLV, from whom he said he had a verbal offer, Southern Utah, and Ohio University. He added that on his first night his host was junior defensive end Travis Johnson. On his second night he was hosted by junior offensive lineman David Quessenberry.
A 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker, Hutchins said the SJSU staff talked about placing him in a number of positions depending on how he grows. He said he mainly played linebacker and defensive end, but also was slotted in at tight end this season due to injury.
"If I stay at 220-230 I'll most likely stay at linebacker," he said. "If I grow, then I'll move to defensive end. Either spot is fine with me."
Many visitors have commented on the closeness of the San Jose State football team. Hutchins said he could really sense the camaraderie and brotherhood of the players.
"The kids were all real close and it's a lot like we are at Gorman," he said. "Everybody loved everybody and it was a good atmosphere."
SJSU started taking notice of Hutchins during the season. The Spartans are recruiting his teammate, offensive lineman Ron Scoggins, and began to notice Hutchins. He said they asked for highlight tape and SJSU coach Andy LaRussa started calling.
"I guess he (LaRussa) showed my tape to defensive coordinator Kent Baer and he liked it a lot, so they called and offered me a scholarship," Hutchins said. "That was about two or three weeks ago. Then I took the visit, loved the place, and committed."
Hitchins has a goal of getting a master's degree in business, he said. As such his undergraduate program will focus on business. He reports a 3.4 grade-point-average.
Scoggins joined Hutchins on the visit but didn't join his teammate in committing. However, Hutchins doesn't think that's far off.
"I know he really liked it to, he said a lot of good things about San Jose State during and after the trip," Hutchins said. "I know he visited Fresno State, but they fired Pat Hill. He has a visit to UNLV this weekend but I have an idea that he'll like San Jose State better.
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