Texas Speedster Wants to Make History

Running back Jalynn McCain of George Bush High School in Richmond, Texas wanted to commit to San Jose State based solely on his relationship with head coach Mike MacIntyre and the SJSU staff even though he had never seen the school. However, he did wait until his official visit to confirm his what he felt.

The right things in life are often found in a roundabout way. Often it's someone you know who knows someone who knows someone, and the chips all fall together in place and you're presented with a perfect opportunity. Such is the case for running back Jalynn McCain of George Bush High School in Richmond, Texas.

"I was a Blue Chip recruit," McCain said. "Coach (Kirk) Doll found me there and they looked at some tape and decided they liked me. I was their first recruit out of the Arizona/Los Angeles area."

And so the relationship that culminated in McCain becoming a Spartan began. He said after doing some research into San Jose State, and how they'd improved this year coupled with the things the staff were telling him, the speedy back was ready to pull the trigger before ever setting foot on the campus.

"I really liked the feel of the coaches, especially Coach Doll. I liked him from the beginning," he said. "I talked to Coach Mac a few times and it just felt right. I was ready to commit before I went on my visit, but wanted to make sure. When I got there it all felt right, so I did it."

He said his host was junior defensive end Vince Abbot. He repeated a common statement made by prior visitors regarding the sense of brotherhood the Spartans players have for one another.

"The players all seem like they have their heads on straight and are a great group of guys," he said. "I want to be around that and make history with them."

The 5-foot-11, 219-pound back reports a 4.4 in the 40-yard-dash. With his size and speed it's probably he'll be seeing significant playing time right away.

The Spartans had some depth issues at running back in 2011 after junior David Freeman went out for the season with a broken arm, and senior Brandon Rutley was hampered with an ankle injury. That forced MacIntyre to move freshman defensive back Tyler Ervin to running back to share duties with junior Jason Simpson. McCain said he has taken notice.

"Oh I'm expecting to play as a freshman," he said. "Make no mistake, Coach Doll has told me I'm going to have to work for it, but the way I see it I'm big enough and fast enough to get right in it.

McCain chose San Jose State over UNLV, UTEP, Western Michigan, North Texas, UTSA, and Louisiana Tech. He said he has a visited scheduled to UNLV in Jan. 13, but that trip probably won't happen.

"I'm real big on loyalty," he said. "I gave (SJSU) my commitment and that's the place for me. I'm not going to go back on my word."

But in the end it was his belief in what MacIntyre is doing at San Jose State that sealed the deal.

"What I saw was how things have changed from before Coach Mac got there," he said. "I'm a strong believer in Coach Mac, he has a lot of experience and he's coached some of the best. He also coached my Cowboys."

He added that he appreciated Doll being up front with him on what to expect. That the visit would be the red-carpet treatment, but when he got there it would be time to go to work.

In his 2011 campaign McCain reports 236 carries for 1258 yards.

He added that he would like to major in sports administration or kinesiology.

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