The Fresno State football team has landed its fifth commitment in the 2017 recruiting class.
Morningside High-Inglewood wide receiver Patrick Jeune announced Sunday night he has given an oral commitment to join the Bulldogs.
His Morningside football coach, Lafayette Fletcher, played for the Bulldogs in the 1980s, but Jeune on Monday said that’s not the reason why he committed.
“It was a perfect fit for me,” said Jeune, who said he also holds offers from Nevada and San Diego State. “Recruiting process was about me and not somebody else.”
Per NCAA rules, college coaches are not allowed to comment on prospective student-athletes until a national letter of intent has been signed and validated. Signing day for high school football players is Feb. 1.
Jeune went on on an unofficial visit recently and liked the environment and wanted to be a part of the program. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder also said he was impressed after talking to offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau, receivers coach Burl Toler III and offensive graduate assistant Dylan Cruz.
Javon McInnis, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound safety at Ranchview High in Irving, Texas, last month became the fourth commitment in the Bulldogs’ class.
Like, Jeune, McInnis said he heard nothing but good things about the culture at Fresno State.
“It just sounded like a place I can see myself playing for four years,” he said.
McInnis said he became a Bulldogs fan when Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr manned the position for Fresno State.
“In Texas,” he said, “we don’t get to watch a lot of Fresno State games. But when they were playing and we could see it, I was pretty much tuned in.”
The other factor for McInnis: “They play a great schedule against some great competition. I would love the chance to be a part of that.”
Other earlier commitments: linebackers Bruce Bivens (Benjamin Davis-Houston) and Cody Watson (Chaminade Madonna College Prep-Hollywood, Fla.) and quarterback Mark Salazar(Rancho Bernardo).
Fresno State football key dates
- Wednesday: Players report for fall; first of 29 preseason practices is Thursday
- Sept. 3: Season opener at Nebraska, 5 p.m.
- Sept. 10: Home opener vs. Sacramento State, 7 p.m.