In mid-February, Quentin Lake was highlighted by Scout.com’s Greg Biggins as one of the top corners in the West despite not having any offers. That changed in a hurry this March. First Nevada offered, then the San Jose State Spartans, followed by Hawaii.
“I was really excited - They came in rapid succession,” Lake said.
Each of the three Mountain West schools have piqued his interest in its own way. Nevada was the first offer, while Hawaii’s location is a draw. San Jose State has emphasized its academics.
“I know their academics are good,” Lake said. “When I was talking to one of the coaches they were saying they love recruiting players that are into academics and they put academics first which is a big thing for me. I liked that they had more importance on the school side of things as well as football.”
Lake’s primary recruiter with the Spartans is San Jose State’s new Director of Player Personnel Korey Geist. The Spartans had success landing three defensive backs in Southern California in the class of 2016, though that was with former recruiting coordinator Donte Williams leading the charge.
“I played against a couple kids (going there), like the corner from Servite (Tre Webb) is going there,” Lake said. “I know they like big corners that can cover tall receivers, decently fast. I know their program is pretty good because they do get a decent amount of players in the NFL which is always something you want to see in a program if you want to get to that next level.”
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound corner fits the mold for the Spartans.
“I’m big, I can cover, Lake said. “I can say I’m equal between press and off, it doesn’t really matter. I’m physical, quick, I have good hands, and have a good football IQ.”
Lake is also hearing from Power-5 schools including Oregon State, Pittsburgh, UCLA and Washington State. His father, Carnell Lake, played at UCLA, but went onto the Pittsburgh Steelers where he currently serves as an assistant coach.
“The biggest contact I’ve been getting is with Pitt,” Lake said. “They want me to come out there and I said I’d probably come out for the spring game if possible. I was pretty excited about that. My dad is actually over there now so it would be an awesome opportunity. He coaches for the Pittsburgh Steelers.”