Chris Simonton has San Jose State in Top Five

Chris Simonton of Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo, Calif., recently paid a visit to San Jose State. On Thursday he talked further about the visit and what put the Spartans in his top five.

After participating in Saturday's Nike Combine at Stanford University, Slot receiver Chris Simonton of Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo, Calif., stopped by the San Jose State campus to take a tour of the facilities, and liked what he saw.

"I really liked the facilities, the field, and the campus. Everything was nice," Simonton said. "That was the first time I had been to San Jose State, but a friend of my sister goes there and she told me the games are really fun and the team is good, so I wanted to check them out."

The 5-foot-10, 183-pound Simonton said that SJSU runs the same kind of offense that he plays at Trabuco Hills, and that will be a factor in his decision on which school to attend. However, he reports no offers at this time. He had earlier told Inside Sparta that the Spartans were looking at him as an athlete.

While the visit to SJSU may have been a pleasant one, the Spartans are not the top choice for Simonton. He and some family members traveled to Lincoln, Neb., during their spring practice, and were very impressed.

"It was pretty overwhelming," he said. "Their facilities are amazing. The visit was impressive. I'm definitely interested in Nebraska."

Utah State is another school that is catching the attention of the speedster.

"I was on the phone with their coach last night," he said. "They also run an offense similar to ours. I may camp there this summer."

San Jose State, Colorado State, and Washington round out the top five for Simonton. None on his list were the school he grew up watching, but his favorite won't be in the mix.

"The team I always followed was Notre Dame," he said. "My dad, grandfather, and uncle were always watching them. But I want to stay on the West Coast so their really not in the picture."

He said New Mexico State and Cal Poly had stopped by his school. On the way up to the Bay Area he stopped by the Mustang campus.

"It's kind of small, but the area was very nice," he said. "I'm trying to make it to he Division 1 level so we'll see what happens."

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