Following a trio of out-of-state commitments after the big recruiting weekend of Dec. 9, Inside Sparta learned of one in-stater who had already made his pledge before heading to San Jose for his official visit.
"I committed to San Jose State on Nov. 22," Jeremiah Kolone said. "I took my official visit last weekend and I felt real comfortable there, everything around the school just felt right, like one big family."
While Kolone, of Fallbrook (Calif) High School near San Diego, reports no other offers, he said he was getting serious looks from Fresno State, Washington, Utah, and UTEP. He added that he's unofficially visted UCLA, Washington, and Fresno State.
The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Kolone said he started sending out film towards the end of his junior season, and the SJSU staff took notice. Spartans defensive coordinator Kent Baer is the recruiter for that area, and he had his eye on the big lineman. It was during the summer after his junior year that the staff got an up-close look at Kolone.
"I went up to the SJSU camp during the summer," Kolone said. "And they offered me a couple days after that."
Kolone said he then wanted to take some time to consider the SJSU offer and any other options that came along. In the end, he said SJSU was the best place for him.
Sophomore Cedric Lousi was Kolone's host for the weekend, and the two had the chance to tour the campus and the city that Kolone will call home for the next four to five years. He said that getting to see the school and facilities up close made him feel more that his decision was the right one.
Kolone said he is considering an academic path towards kinesiology or criminal justice.
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