SoCal Corner Has High Interest in SJSU

The last few years has seen San Jose State turn out some top talent at the cornerback position. Devan Spann of Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., may be the next in line to carry on the tradition of excellence. He spoke recently with Inside Sparta about the attention he's been getting from SJSU, and his interest on coming north.

Dwight Lowery, Coye Francies, Christopher Owens, are the most recent stars to shine at the cornerback position for San Jose State. All have moved on the the NFL and all came to SJSU without much fanfare. The next crop of talented players to cover opposing wideouts could include Devan Spann of Serra High School in Gardena, Calif. Spartan fans will recognize Serra as the home of another SJSU corner target - Bene Benwikere.

"[San Jose State] was the first school to show interest in me," Spann told Inside Sparta. "They like how I can cover and they said they aren't used to seeing a corner who can jump like I can. Coach (Charles) Nash is recruiting me."

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Spann reports a vertical leap of 36-inches. That, along with a reported time of 4.4 in the 40-yard-dash give the talented youngster some impression raw tools to work with. Spann said he is also getting a lot of interest from UNLV, Arizona State, Washington State, and New Mexico.

No offers are yet on the table to Spann, and that can be attributed to the fact that he was a late-bloomer.

"I didn't start until near the end of my junior year," he said. "So all of the coaches are telling me they want to see my senior film to really get a chance to evaluate me."

Playing time, academics, and proximity to home are all high on the wish-list for Spann. He said he wants to major in forensic science. One school on his list has all the requirements.

"San Jose State is the best fit," he said. "If they offered I'd take it."

He added that UNLV doesn't have his desired major and that if he decided to choose the Runnin' Rebels he would most likely major in sports management.

Spann reports a 3.1 grade-point-average and said he will take both the SAT and the ACT.

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