Quarterback, as has been stated previously on Inside Sparta, is a position of dire need for San Jose State in the 2010 recruiting class. It's entirely possible the Spartans staff will take as many as three. With Jordan La Secla the only upperclassman returning in 2010, that leaves incoming freshman Dasmen Stewart as the only other QB on the roster. Obviously that is an unacceptable situation. It is almost a certainty that SJSU will take at least one QB from the JUCO ranks, and two from high school prospects. With only 21 scholarships to give it is unlikely they'll award any more, but the staff needs to get some signal callers on the roster.
One of those who could be wearing the Spartan Blue in the fall of 2010 is 6-foot-3, 220-pound Dylan Swartz of Central Catholic High School in Modesto, Calif. Spartan fans will recognize Central Catholic as the school that produced incoming freshman James Orth.
Swartz has an impressive resume. As a junior he led the league in passing with 143 completions on 232 attempts for 2057 yards and 22 touchdowns. His accolades include being named to the Sac-Joaquin Western League First Team, and he was Honorable Mention for the Section Team, and took the Raiders to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V finals, where they were stunned by Hilmar 17-6. Inside Sparta readers will recognize Hilmar as the school of another prospect with interest in SJSU - quarterback Quinton McCown.
There appears to be a mutual interest between Swartz and San Jose State. "Coach (Kenji) Green told me that if I had a great tryout at Senior Day that I could possibly get offered," Swartz said. "SJSU would be a great fit for me. It's close to home and I believe Coach (Terry) Malley and me could make great things happen."
Swartz was in attendance during the final spring practice on April 25 with Orth and his father, David. According to Swartz, he is very close to James Orth. "Teaming up with James would be nice," he said. "He is going with me on Sunday to workout with QB Coach Roger Theder."
SJSU has been in contact with the Central Valley quarterback on a weekly basis, according to Swartz. He also reports interest from San Diego State, Arizona State, Arizona, Cal, and Notre Dame. "Coach (Steve) Marshall and Notre Dame coach (Randy) Hart have visited my school," he said. "Coach (Joe) Staab from the University of San Diego talked at length with my head coach and wants highlight and game film."
Swartz definitely has the size to play at the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly D-1A) level, and also the strength. He reports a bench press of 245-pounds along with a squat of 375-pounds.
Central Catholic quarterbacks coach Frank Borba has high praise or his rising senior QB, but does mention a concern with his 4.9 speed in the 40-yard-dash. However, it is rare that a quarterback will be running 40 yards in a straight line. "He picked his spots to run, got what he could and then got down." Borba said, according to Swartz's personal website.
Inside Sparta will have more on Swartz next week.
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