Roy Burkhart

Texas State lands 1st hoops commit of '16

Texas State Head Coach Danny Kaspar and his staff received some really good news last week with the commitment of this shooting guard from the Golden Triangle area. BI has the update.

Bobcatillustrated first told you about Texas State offering Nijal Pearson during the third week of the "Live Period" back in July. His play on the circuit with a loaded TexasPro team opened eyes and the Bobcats were one of the programs that jumped on board by extending an offer.
Last week, after having a couple of weeks to reflect after taking in the campus, he felt it was time to make a decision.
"I just felt it was the right thing for me to do. I did a lot of praying, and it felt God led to me that decision," said Pearson.
Some have talked about the impact that his former AAU Coach, Terrence Johnson, in his first year on the Texas State staff, had in his decision on choosing the 'Cats, and Pearson addressed it.
"Coach Johnson really didn't make a big part in it. You never know, an assistant coach can be there or gone any day. On the flip side, I made a decision as if Coach Johnson wasn't there, but if he we there too. Even if he wasn't there, I would choose Texas State."

It's not that often when a student athlete looks well beyond the surface of the coaching staff, and takes in the program as a whole. It's clear that Pearson did just that.

Recently, because of his play, programs such as: Richmond, Kansas State, Long Island, South Dakota, South Dakota State and others, started coming in on him late, but that wasn't enough for him to postpone his decision any further.

"I wanted to find somewhere that's a fit for me. I felt it (Texas State) was the right fit for me, so why keep waiting," said Pearson.

Standing 6'4" at 195lbs, Nijal does have the ideal size to play the two guard, but after speaking with Coach Kaspar, he could see time at both the 1 and 2 spot, even slide into some minutes at the 3 if needed.

Pearson has shown that he can make plays with the ball in our out of his hands. He can fill up the stat sheet with points on offense, and will also get down and play solid defense. Coach Kaspar recruit has to play both ends of the floor, and his length and lateral quickness has him thinking he can even be a better defender at the college level.

Nijal does say that he's done with recruiting and will be signing his letter of intent come the November early signing period. With three seniors (Montalvo, Gant, Naylor), the Bobcats have at least two more scholarships to hand out for the '16 cycle.

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