UPDATE – Fresno State on Wednesday confirmed the signings of five mid-year transfers: defensive backs Matthew Boateng and Sherman Coleman; quarterback Jorge Reyna, tight end Gunner Javernick amd offensive lineman Quireo Woodley (who recommitted after signing in February). Here was The Bee’s story in advance of signing day:
Fresno State picked up five football commitments Sunday after hosting at least 10 players on a busy weekend before the dead period.
All five who made verbal commitments to the Bulldogs are junior college players: Fresno City running back Nate Jones; cornerbacks Matthew Boateng (Arizona Western), Sherman Coleman (Cisco-Texas) and Vosean Crumbie (Ventura); and linebacker Emeka Ndoh (De Anza) of Hanford.
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Coleman said new Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford was a big reason for committing: “Love the change that’s about to come. A lot of experience at Fresno State that led me to making it my new home.”
The dead period started Monday and ends Jan. 12. During the period, recruiters cannot make face-to-face contact with recruits or their parents. Coaches, however, can write and telephone recruits or their parents.
Coaches cannot comment on prospective student-athletes until a national letter of intent has been signed and validated. Signing day for midyear junior college players is Wednesday, while other junior college/high school players can sign beginning Feb. 1.
Boateng, Coleman and two previously committed JC players, Ventura College tight end Logun Javernick and West Los Angeles quarterback Jorge Reyna, are midyear transfers.
Ndoh said there was no doubt in his mind that he would commit to Fresno State, calling it “really a no-brainer.”
“I thought about waiting,” he said. “But there would have been no point because I was going to pick the Bulldogs. It’s kind of surreal. I’m numb right now. I’ll probably cry later just because of how much I went through to get here.”
Crumbie and Boateng were high school teammates at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Boateng is from Ontario, Canada, and Crumbie is from Florida.
“I loved the visit,” Crumbie said. “Actually my first time in Fresno, so it was exciting. I was impressed by the campus and Bulldog Stadium. I love how Fresno State football is like a fraternity.”
A closer look at the five players who committed Sunday:
▪ Matthew Boateng: Listed at 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds. He had 27 tackles, two interceptions and two pass breakups in 12 games for Arizona Western.
▪ Sherman Coleman: 6-foot and 180 pounds. He totaled 24 tackles with one fumble recovery for 15 yards and seven pass breakups for Cisco.
▪ Vosean Crumbie: 6-2 and 195 pounds. Played for former Fresno State assistant Steve Mooshagian at Ventura. He was named to the all-state team after finishing with 41 tackles, three interceptions and 11 pass breakups. He also had 799 all-purpose yards.
▪ Nate Jones: 5-9 and 190 pounds. Totaled 1,461 yards and 17 touchdowns in two seasons at Fresno City. This year he had seven TDs (six rushing) and was named All-Valley Conference. He’s the first Fresno City running back to commit to Fresno State since Rodney Davis in 2002.
▪ Emeka Ndoh: 6-1 and 255. The Hanford native played for De Anza in Cupertino after starring at Immanuel High. He had 36 tackles and seven sacks this past season on his way to All-Bay 6 League honors. He also had two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and a pass breakup.
Fresno State 2017 football recruits
- CB Matthew Boateng, Arizona Western College
- LB Bruce Bivens, Davis-Houston
- OL Jesse Chamberlain, Burroughs-Burbank
- CB Sherman Coleman, Cisco College-Texas
- CB Vosean Crumbie, Ventura College
- TE Logun Javernick, Ventura College
- WR Patrick Jeune, Morningside-Inglewood
- RB Nate Jones, Fresno City College
- LB Emeka Ndoh, De Anza College
- CB Darrius Outland, University-Irvine
- RB Ronnie Rivers, Freedom-Oakley
- QB Jorge Reyna, West Los Angeles College
- ATH Mark Salazar, Rancho Bernardo-San Diego
- OL Clive Truschel, Clovis West