Big Time JUCO LB Talks about SJSU Visit

Linebacker Blake Poole is a hard hitting force from Santa Ana (Calif) Junior College who sports offers from Oregon State and San Jose State. Poole was in San Jose over the weekend on his official visit to the Spartan campus. He talked with Inside Sparta about the visit, and whether SJSU has a chance against the Pac 10 school.

Coming out of Esperanza High School, linebacker Blake Poole goofed around regarding his academic studies and wasn't able to take advantage of his athletic talents to advanve to the Football Bowl Subdivision level. As such he took his talent and a refocused attention to his studies to Santa Ana (Calif) Junior College, where his hard work has paid off with a pair of big time offers.

"I have offers from Oregon State and San Jose State," Poole told Inside Sparta on Sunday evening after returing from his official visit to SJSU. "I don't think I'll consider OSU because they just took a linebacker commitment."

With the Beavers apparently out of the picture, did the Spartans get a pledge from Poole?

"No, I didn't commit," he said. "I really like Coach Bryant and Coach Baer and Coach Margerum but I want to see what's out there before I make a final decision."

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Poole was accompanied by his parent on the visit, and he said they really liked the campus and the people.

Seniot-to-be Pompey Festejo hosted Poole, he said.

Unlike the recent JUCO signees, San Jose State has been recruiting Poole since he was in high school. He said he never got the chance to meet former Spartan head coach Dick Tomey, but was impressed by new head man Mike MacIntyre.

"I've heard he was a really good coach," Poole said. "He has a lot of energy and I like him."

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