Spring practice visitor - QB Quinton McCown

Quarterback Quinton McCown from Hilmar (Calif) High School was one of many visitors to stop by during the 2009 San Jose State spring football practice. SJSU should be adding a QB or two in this class and McCown talked to Inside Sparta about the visit, and his thoughts on the Spartans as one of his favorites.

With three seniors and a junior on campus now, and only one true freshman coming in the fall, the quarterback position certainly has to be one of the top recruiting priorities for the San Jose State coaching staff. On Friday a Central Valley signal-caller was pacing the sidelines at the Spartan practice facility with his father, intently watching quarterbacks coach Terry Malley run his squad through drills. "The practices are real smooth, I like the fact that they mix up the flow," Quinton McCown of Hilmar (Calif) High School, near Modesto, told Inside Sparta.

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound McCown said he had a chance to talk to Malley and running backs coach Charles Nash after the workout, and that he was told the staff was looking for a junior college quarterback, but that they want to keep in contact with him. "They told me they'd like me to come to their junior camp in June," McCown said. "It made me feel good that they wanted me there. (SJSU) is definitely one of my top (Football Bowl Subdivsion) schools and they're close to home."

However, there are others in front of the Spartans on McCown's list of favorites. "Arizona is giving me the most attention," he said. "They've offered a quarterback from Texas and they told me if he doesn't make a sign in the next two weeks that they'll call me. If they offered I'd take a visit and see if I liked it." He also said one of the major attractions to Arizona is the climate. "I don't like freezing weather."

McCown said that in addition to the visit to San Jose State, he has also visit UC Davis. However, this summer he looks to rack up the frequent-flyer miles. "We're going to take trips to Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Portland State, Arizona State, Arizona, and San Diego State," he said. "I'd like to stay closer to home but if a Pac-10 school offers I'll probably take it."

Hilmar is all spread offense, according to McCown. The tall prospect reports a 4.7 in the 40-yard-dash along with a 4.4 in the shuttle, and a 38-inch vertical leap. He also reports a 3.5 grade-point-average.

Since Inside Sparta first spoke with McCown, Allen (Texas) high school quarterback Matt Brown has made his verbal pledge to the Wildcats. "I'll keep in touch with them," McCown said when asked on Wednesday about the Brown commitment. "I'll give (the Arizona coaches) a call in the next couple weeks and see if they're still interested.

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