Fresno State’s coaching staff made the most of the narrow window between recruiting dead periods, having over a dozen players in on visits Monday and Tuesday. Apparently the visits went well, as the Bulldogs ended up getting 6 commitments over the 2 days, going from 1 commit in their 2019 class to 7. Let’s take a quick look at all 6 of them-
Deven Jervis comes out of Bishop Amat High School, which has been a good source of players for Fresno State in the past. The CB brings a 6’2” frame to the field, which will help match up against the taller WRs across the conference. The Bulldogs do return both corners from last season, but it’s always good to have players for the future
Kyvin Carroll may actually be the steal of the week, coming from deep in SEC country. He also marks the first recruit landed by new LB coach Kenwick Thompson. He’ll bring his southeast connections to the Dogs, which should help get some good players out of SEC/ACC country. While Carroll is slightly undersized at 5’11”, his film looks very good, and the Dogs may be losing all three starting LBs after this season with two seniors and a draft-eligible junior anchoring the defense.
Jamal Glaspie was actually the first player to commit Tuesday morning, and opened the floodgates of commits. The WR comes courtesy of Culver City High School, which has been featured here in the Friday Night Football series. WR depth will be very important for the Bulldogs, as they have 7 seniors on the roster this year. There are evenly spaced players through the lower classes, but anytime you lose 7 players off your roster, you need more players coming in to replace that experience.
After an Outstanding Visit... pic.twitter.com/t2D6qc8OvZ— boobie Myles* (@myles2shifty) July 31, 2018
Myles Martin is another CB coming to the Bulldogs, and is another Vista Murietta player to come to Fresno State. Bulldogs DT Kevin Atkins is a Murietta alum, and he is poised for a breakout season in the middle of the defense. Martin might not be the largest CB out there, but he brings speed to the position, and an ability to velcro himself to receivers. You don’t always need size if you can cover receivers at an elite level.
The 5th 3* player to commit to the Dogs was Colby Warkentin out of Bakersfield. This DE brings great size to the team, being 6’5” and 258lbs. And that’s as a junior in high school. Him in an FBS conditioning program could be great for him, and produce a fast pass-rusher for the Dogs in the future. They are reloading at both DE positions this season, and Warkentin could be a contributor as early as his freshman season in 2019.
The 6th recruit of the day was Randy Jordan Jr. out of Tulare Union High School. He is a speedster that was on the relay team with Kazemir Allen, now at UCLA. Right now, Jordan is an unranked recruit, but I expect that to change as we get deeper into recruiting season.
All in all, a big two days for the Bulldogs. They jumped up from 10th in the conference to 5th, and slid them up the national rankings as well. The prevailing sentiment from the commits is that joining the Bulldogs allows them to relax and concentrate on their senior seasons, and they all really like seeing what Tedford and company have been able to do in Year 1 at the helm. They see the team growing and getting even better, and they look forward to contributing once they get here. All eyes are still looking at Jaylen Cropper, the 4* ATH out of Buchanan. He was in on an official visit during this open period, but his recruitment will probably go down to the wire between Fresno State and Utah.