San Jose State visited a familiar school in extending its first active offer to a quarterback this season. Antelope High School, about two hours away from SJSU, is where the Spartans landed receiver Tyler Winston and are now targeting three-star quarterback Montel Aaron.
Aaron was at Spartan Stadium on Saturday to witness San Jose State’s win over Fresno State. It was an unofficial visit.
“I loved it,” Aaron said. “It was a great atmosphere. I liked their warm-ups. The atmosphere on the field was pretty nice. It wasn’t my first time there, but it was definitely a great experience.”
Aaron was also on hand for the Spartans’ game versus Nevada last year. Aaron was pleased to see how similar the San Jose State offense is compared to what he is running in high school.
“The offense they run, I liked it,” Aaron said. “I feel pretty comfortable. They pretty much run what I run in high school - a nice pro style, under the center, and then sometimes shotgun. It was good. I definitely felt comfortable. When I met with the coaches at the camp, they were telling me how their strategies and my high school’s match up and I got to see that in person, which was nice.”
Aaron holds six offers total which include NAU, Nevada, Sacramento State, San Jose State, Temple and UNLV.
San Jose State had been a frontrunner in the group until Temple made an offer on Saturday morning. Aaron is interested in checking out the East Coast offer.
“For about the last two to three weeks (we talked) and last Friday (Temple) came to my game,” Aaron said. “I guess they liked what they saw. They video taped me and took some clips back to Philadelphia and showed the head coach and then the head coach called me the next morning (and offered).”
The Temple interest came as a surprise considering all of his other offers are in-state or in bordering states.
“Traveling is not a problem,” Aaron said. “I’m not scared to go far away. I’m just honestly trying to find the best school that makes me feel like home. I’m not really worried about how big the school is or where it’s at. I’m just going for comfortability, education and football.”
Aaron is considering an official visit. The Owls and Spartans have stood out most to him so far.
“Hopefully I get a chance to go down there and see the facility and the campus just because it’s so far away and I don’t really know what to expect,” Aaron said of Temple. “I have family down in Las Vegas so I’ve been to UNLV a few times, but I’d say San Jose State and Temple are my top two.”
Aaron currently rates as a three-star quarterback, is Scout’s 10th best signal caller in California, 19th in the West and ranked 75th nationally.
“I think I have pretty good footwork,” Aaron said. “I think I do a good job when if the pocket collapses of getting out and still doing something with the ball whether it is tuck and run or doing something with the ball. I also have a pretty strong arm.”