Monday, April 8, 2013
San Jose State adds first 2014 commit
By Erik McKinney
The new coaching staff at San Jose State faces challenges on and off the field in living up to what the previous group was able to accomplish with the Spartans. But coach Ron Caragher took his first big step with the 2014 class Sunday night, as San Jose State corralled its first commitment for the 2014 recruiting class.
Cornerback Nautica Flemming (Fresno, Calif./Edison) decided he'd seen enough from San Jose State, and specifically cornerbacks coach Donte Williams, to make the call. Flemming committed to Williams over the phone Sunday night, and planned to call Caragher this morning to make his commitment to his future coach.
"Today just seemed like it was right," Flemming said Sunday. "I had to make the decision. I have some family going there, so it seems like it's going to work out."
Flemming's aunt and cousin attend San Jose State, which should up the family feel the Spartans can offer the 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback. But his relationship with Williams was a big part of his commitment as well.
"He was explaining to me everything about how he would make me a boundary corner and all the different coverages that I'll be able to play," Flemming said. "He was really excited and wants me there really bad.
"I can't wait to go there. I told all my family and everyone about it."
San Jose State could still have a fight on its hands for the cornerback. Flemming holds offers from New Mexico State and Wyoming, and the early commitment could trigger some interest from Pac-12 programs. Flemming said the Spartans coaches are aware that this could be something of a beginning to his recruiting process, but they are going to fight to keep him locked in through signing day.