Hawkins Mann, a 6 foot 3, 225 pound linebacker originally committed to Boise State but he pulled that commitment when he moved to California when his parents divorced. In October he made a commitment to SDSU, but since then he continued to receive offers.
Mann said tonight, "The right thing to do was to pull my commitment before taking my official visits elsewhere."
Mann has decommitted from two different programs, and has been opportunistic with his recruitment and recently sent out senior films where he decided to meet with other suitors. SDSU is no longer one of his options, and he is now looking at Cincinnati, Colorado and Nevada.
The Aztecs had a mediocre 7-5 and season with a recent invite to the Idaho Potato Bowl against SUNY Buffalo. He said that the Aztecs record and bowl invite had nothing to do with the decision
However, according to Rivals.com they report that the Aztecs have added offensive lineman Joe Salcedo from Bishop Garcia Diego in Santa Barbara. Salcedo is listed at 6 for 6 and 285 pounds. Assistant Head Coach Jeff Horton recruited Salcedo.
"I told Coach Horton yesterday I was ready, so this morning he was like 'do you have something to say to Coach (Rocky) Long?'" Salcedo chuckled. "I was like 'yeah,' so I went up to Coach Long to tell him 'I want to go to your school.' He was happy."
Salcedo had previously visited SDSU once over the summer and almost committed to the Aztecs then, but he ultimately decided to hold off until the high school season was over. This time his father made the trip with him and Salcedo said, "the campus grew on him, he loved it."
The approval from his dad along with the time he spent watching film with Aztec offensive line coach Mike Schmidt was enough to earn the commitment.
"Coach Schmidt said I'm a smart player," Salcedo said. "I'm big, I can move and I can think. I also got along with Coach Horton really well. And I feel like they can develop guys and they have a really good weight program too. Coach (Adam) Hall is cool. He wants me to get my weight up. I have a pretty good frame, they just want me to add on to it."
Salcedo chose the Aztecs over offers from Cal Poly, Nevada and UNLV. He was also being pursued by schools such as Washington State and Fresno State, and plans to keep his commitment solid.
"I'm a man of my word," he said.
Montezuma Mesa deserves men with solid integrity, the Aztecs have lost five commitments this year.