SoCal Running Back Commits To Spartans

San Jose State's new head coach, Mike MacIntyre, did not waste any time when it came to recruiting players to come and play for the Spartans. MacIntyre was reviewing film and making phone calls to key recruits during his first couple of days on the job. That burst of activity has begun to pay off, as one of those players recently called back and gave his oral commitment.

San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre's first order of business as the school's new head coach was to quickly review film highlights of potential recruits, and contact key prospects prior to the start of the NCAA mandated "dead period" which runs during the holiday season. As it turns out, one prospect was already familiar to MacIntyre from his days as an assistant coach at Duke University. Inside Sparta has learned that Temecula Valley High running back Ben Thompson called San Jose State coaches back and gave his verbal commitment. Inside Sparta briefly spoke with Thompson about his decision to become a Spartan. "I called the coaches back on New Year's Eve and committed to them" he said. "Coach MacIntyre was recruiting me while he was at Duke so I know him very well."

For Thompson, the offer from San Jose State was his first from an FBS school. He said he has also received interest from Sacramento State, Northern Colorado, Cal Poly, and UC-San Diego. While at Temecula Valley High, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Thompson ran for 1187 yards on 156 carries (7.61 ypc) and seven touchdowns in 2009.

Despite this being his first offer, Thompson has no qualms with committing to San Jose State. "This is the right decision for me," he said. "I really wanted to play in the WAC."

He was recruited by San Jose State assistant coach Kenji Green and has made a couple of unofficial visits to the school during the past season, attending a couple of games. "I will be taking my official visit on Jan. 7," Thompson said.

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