All eyes are on the quarterback position when it comes to recruiting, year in and year out. San Jose State has done well in recent years and could either find themselves with their best haul of all in 2017, or scrambling for options.
It all starts with Kaymen Cureton, a three-star quarterback from Los Angeles. Cureton landed his first offer from SJSU and made a commitment. His recruitment has taken off in a major way in recent months, however. Cureton even landed offers from the likes of LSU, Alabama and South Carolina in the SEC. Those offers might not be at the quarterback position though, a luxury he would have at SJSU.
Cureton has always kept his commitment to San Jose State known throughout the upswing, though he is also welcoming interest. Cureton recently tweeted out a list of 12 schools that he has not been offered from that he would like to consider. He is also touring campuses up and down the West Coast this summer, including a visit to San Jose State, along with Oregon, Oregon State, Portland State, California, Fresno State, Sacramento State and UC Davis.
If San Jose State lands Cureton for the 2017 class, it will be one of the most successful recruiting grabs in school history. If Cureton ends up heading elsewhere, the Spartans are weighing their options.
One option is a familiar face in Cameron Burston. Burston was a big-time commit for the Spartans in the 2015 class, but it later came to light that academic ineligibility would prevent him from suiting up for the Spartans. Questions around Burston made it possibly easier for SJSU to earn and hold onto his commitment at the time. The Spartans re-upped on their scholarship offer for Burston as a junior college transfer in the 2017 class, but Fresno State and Hawaii have also extended offers. That list is likely to grow.
Because Burston is a junior college transfer, SJSU can pursue him all they want without scholarship concerns at the QB position. Offensive Coordinator Al Borges can focus efforts on Burston and Cureton separately without a problem, whether they get both or neither.
Due to scholarship numbers at the position, the staff could pursue another junior college quarterback for a third straight season.
San Jose State has also turned its focus to other 2017 recruits if the Spartans cannot hold onto Cureton through National Signing Day. The program made a recent offer to Hanford (Calif.) quarterback Ryan Johnson.
Johnson has dazzled in the Central Valley, leading his high school to a state championship. As a junior, he was highlighted as one of the area's best athletes for both his football and basketball talents. Johnson was also invited to The Opening Bay Area regional. Recruiting has been slow for Johnson, however. Until the Spartans offered he had only interest from Fresno State. Earlier this week the Bulldogs offered and earned a commitment from a San Diego area QB and may no longer be in the market.
The Spartans have also made an offer for the 2018 class - Quartz Hill quarterback Matthew Tago. Tago is a 6-foot-3, 230-pound athlete who also holds an offer from Colorado. Matthew is the younger brother of SJSU star linebacker Christian Tago.
After this upcomming season, here is how the Spartans' quarterback situation lays out:
San Jose State 2017 quarterbacks - (pending offered quarterbacks are italicized)
Jr. Cameron Burston
Jr. / RS So. - Sam Allen
RS. So. - Josh Allen (walk-on)
So. / RS Fr. - Montel Aaron
Fr. - Kaymen Cureton / Ryan Johnson
Top high school recruiting option - Matthew Tago