LB Keith Smith Makes his Commitment to SJSU

San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre is on the road visiting players. The new leader of Spartan football received the commitment of linebacker Keith Smith on Tuesday. Smith spoke with Inside Sparta about his reasons on what made the difference for SJSU.

On Tuesday the website SpartanBlitz reported that middle linebacker Keith Smith of Charter Oaks High School in Covina, Calif., had made his verbal commitment to play for San Jose State and new head coach Mike MacIntyre. As a matter of fact Coach Mac, along with assistant coach Kinji Greem, were sitting in the Smith home when he made his pledge. Inside Sparta spoke on Wednesday with Smith, who confirmed the report.

"I made my commitment to San Jose State when Coach MacIntyre and Coach Green came to see me for their in-home visit on Tuesday," Smith said. "It's not too far from home which means my parents can come see me play."

But being close to home wasn't what made the difference for Smith. With offers from Air Force, Utah, Nevada, UTEP, he had options, but felt more comfortable with SJSU.

"Coach MacIntrye is just an incredible person and I feel like we will have a great relationship," Smith said. "I liked the vibe in San Jose and I liked the players. I just liked it better than the other schools."

Colorado was once the favorite for Smith, and he did take a visit to Boulder. However, the Buffaloes never offered, and he saw a better opportunity as a Spartan.

"They (Colorado) never had me as their No. 1 guy," he said. "I don't want to be second. At SJSU they told me I could come in and compete for playing time right away, but I'm not sure whether or not I'll do that."

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Smith describes himself as a very intense and aggressive player. Necessary traits for a linebacker. He reports a bench press of 360 pounds.

Smith was in San Jose this past weekend on his official visit. He said his host was Mohamed Mara and that his position coach will be Kent Baer. He also reports a 4.0 grade-point-average and a desire to major in kinesiology.

During his 2009 campaign Smith racked up 70 tackles, including six sacks. He also had an interception. The only blemish on an otherwise perfect season for Charter Oaks was a 14-14 tie with Rancho Cucamonga.

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