Three-star safety Keoni Stallworth commits to San Jose State Spartans

Keoni Stallworth decides on San Jose State after official visit to campus and in-home visit from staff.

Three-star defensive back Keoni Stallworth of Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oak had double digit offers, and on Saturday, he made the decision to commit to San Jose State.

Stallworth took an official visit to San Jose State on the weekend of Dec. 4 and then received an in-home visit from SJSU recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach Donte Williams on Dec. 11 that sealed his decision.

“First, they have a phenomenal coaching staff,” Stallworth said of choice for SJSU. “I went on an official visit and it was like a family-type atmosphere and I felt comfortable there. I feel like I can contribute right away there. Also, it’s a great location, my parents can come watch me play. Academics is my priority too so that was a big thing. I’m thinking about majoring in engineering.”

He had discussed the idea of committing with his family following his official visit, but made the decision after Williams’s in-home visit.

“He is very sincere about why and where they want me,” Stallworth said. “He tells me I can come in and contribute right away and make an impact and that’s important to me.”

Stallworth’s visit included a stop at San Jose State’s practice facilities where the Spartans were preparing for the AutoNation Cure Bowl.

“I had an amazing time,” Stallworth said. “I got to watch them practice because they became bowl eligible. It was a great time. I went to the position meetings and learned some of the philosophies. Everytime I go to visit San Jose, I learn something new from coach Donte. He’s really hands-on.

“It was real intense. It felt like I was already there. Everyone was hyped up and they were all excited for the bowl game.”

Stallworth projects as a strong safety in the Spartans’ offense - a player who can play in the box to help stop the run, or stay back in pass coverage.

Overall, his offers included Air Force, Army West Point, Fresno State, Navy, New Mexico, San Diego, San Diego State, UC Davis and Wyoming.

Fresno State and San Diego State are still showing heavy interest and have extended offers to officially visit in January. Both schools made in-home visits with Stallworth in the last week prior to Williams’s visit.


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