Folsom (Calif.) athlete Evan Michalet breaks down commitment to San Jose State

Meet San Jose State's new defensive back commit, Evan Michalet.

Folsom (Calif) athlete Evan Michalet narrowed eight offers down to three, and then down to one by committing to San Jose State recently.

The defensive back recruit held offers from San Jose State, Hawaii, Nevada, Northern Colorado, Sacramento State and Stetson, as well as an offer from Navy to play quarterback.

“It was between my top three of Nevada, Sacramento State and San Jose State,” Michalet said.

Michalet visited Nevada, but he said the Wolf Pack coaching staff told him to wait until they heard from other visiting recruits before making a decision. While contact from the staff started fading, Michalet’s interest in San Jose State continued to grow.

“Some things I really personally enjoy about San Jose State is not only is it a good academic school, but also the location and opportunities that come with the area," Michalet said. "Say I would have committed to Nevada, they do not have the same internship opportunities as I would have at San Jose State and that’s just hands-down facts. When I’m looking at my future life after football, that’s what was really appealing to me because there is so many businesses there and so many places I can do internships in college to prepare myself for after college.”

Michalet is considering either a future in criminal justice or business.

“I also like that there are beaches, plenty of things to do with your teammates and friends,” Michalet added. “I have a couple of my best friends that live out in the Bay Area and they will also be attending San Jose State. It’s going to be a really comfortable fit for me I feel like. I enjoy the coaching staff, they were really friendly. When I got to the camps they show me a lot of love, a lot of hugs, handshakes and laughing - just a great time. They are a great group.”

SJSU Defensive Line Coach Barry Sacks recruits the Sacramento area and served as Michalet’s primary recruiter. The Spartans’ defensive backs coach, Will Harris, also played a big role in his recruitment.

“I developed a good relationship with (Sacks),” Michalet said. “He helped me out by talking me up to the other coaches on the staff. When that happened and I got to make it to camp they already knew who I was.

“When I met Coach Harris, me and him worked well together and his coaching style is really positive. I found him to be a good coach and we have a real good relationship. He said he recruits guys that are like him that he can be around all day. He felt like I was one of those guys.”

Michalet has been told that all incoming SJSU defensive backs should expect to be interchangeable at cornerback and safety, but that he will probably start off at corner.

“I’m quick in side-to-side movements and I’m good at catching up with receivers on the long ball or keeping up with them the whole way,” Michalet said. “I have good reaction time and I’m a safe and sound tackler.”

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