Visit Better Than Expected for Thiel

Tight end Jordan Thiel of Simi Valley (Calif) High School was one of the first players to take the giant leap of faith by committing to a San Jose State program that had finished 1-12 the previous season. Last weekend he was able to officially visit his future school, and was impressed.

San Jose State was coming off a 1-12 season, and three-straight losses to open the 2012 campaign when Jordan Thiel of Simi Valley (Calif) High School had a feeling. After the Spartans first win of the season over New Mexico State, Thiel decided that what SJSU head coach Mike MacIntyre was telling was going to be true - the Spartans would get better. Shortly after that first win, Thiel committed to study and play football for MacIntyre and San Jose State, saying he loved the campus, and that things just, "felt right." Last weekend Thiel took his official visit to his future home, and came away even more impressed.

"It was much better than I expected," he said. "The hotel was great, the food was great, getting to hang out with the players was great, and the city was beautiful."

Thiel was the second commitment for San Jose State in the recruiting class of 2012, choosing the Spartans over Sacramento State.

During the visit he was also able to check out the dorms in the Campus Village, where he'll stay during his freshman year.

"They were really nice," he said. "We all have to stay in other dorms during the summer Bridge Program, then we get to move into the new dorms in the fall."

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Thiel said he'll be given the opportunity be compete right away for playing time, but is expecting to tutor under one of the top tight ends in the country before stepping in.

"The coaches told me I'll have a chance to play, but I'll probably redshirt my freshman year," he said. "I'll learn a lot from Ryan Otten, then he'll he'll graduate and I'll take over."

Thiel was one of three Spartans commitments who participated in the 16th Annual LA Daily News All-Star game played earlier this month at College of the Canyons. He didn't have any catches, and left during the second quarter with a slight injury. However, one of this future teammates was also at the game and had this to say.

"He's huge!" Travis Talianko said.

Thiel said he will most likely be making one more trip to SJSU before he finishes high school.

"Coach Mac said he'd like me to come up for the Spring Game, so I'll probably be there," he said.

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