San Jose State fans are familiar with two Pittsburg players holding offers from SJSU. Running back/defensive back Tracy Clark and running back/safety Erick Dargan both have held scholarship offers from the Spartans for some time. However, Pirate head coach Victor Galli told Inside Sparta that the SJSU staff is also very interested in 6-foot-3, 195-pound wide reveiver Jermaine Sims and 5-foot-11, 195-pound wide receiver/defensive back Robert Jiles.
Dargan sat out most of the game while nursing a knee injury suffered last week against Granite Bay. Although he was cleared to play by doctors prior to the game, Galli didn't want to aggravate the ding this early in the season.
"We're young but these guys gave it their all," Galli said after the game. "Erick's knee is still a little soft so we played him a little just to see how it was."
In the two series that Dargan played, he showed why he is one of the most sought after players in the state. Along with San Jose State he holds offers from several Pac-10 and Mountain West Conference schools.
"I'd like to pick a school in the Pac-10," Dargen said before the game.
The 6-foot-0, 190-pound Dargan hits like a truck and was involved in and is always around the ball. He is adept at shedding blockers and keeping his head on the runner, and is quick to react.
Clark is a crafty runner with quick feet and a good eye for an opening. He had a touchdown on the night but also stalled a Pittsburg drive deep in Monte Vista territory when he was stripped of the ball. The Monte Vista offense shied away from Clark's side of the field the entire game so it's not difficult to infer the kind of respect he garners as a defensive player.
"San Jose State is definitely one of my top-two schools," Clark said before the game. "I prefer to play defense because I can hit people."
Jermaine Sims is a tall, strong receiver with decent quickness. His height was a definite advantage against the smaller Monte Vista defenders. However, he had several drops.
Robert Jiles is another two-way players who excels on the defensive side of the ball. A speedy defender who gets great height when he goes up for the ball. Players were not available for comment after the game, but Inside Sparta will follow up with them during the week.
On the Monte Vista side of the ball the prospect targeted by the SJSU staff both committed to Pac-10 schools. Quarterback Brett Nottingham will head to UCLA, and linebacker Dave Wilkerson chose Cal. Mustang head coach Craig Bergman told Inside Sparta the staff may take an interest in 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back Greg Johnson.
Here are action photos of many of the SJSU prospects in action.
Running back/safety Erick Dargen
Wide receiver Jermaine Sims
Wide receiver/defensive back Robert Jiles
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