SDSU Aztec football recruiting recap: 19 visits
With the moratorium on in-person recruiting visits for Division 1 athletics lifted on June 1, the Aztecs hosted numerous football recruits for official and unofficial visits over the past several weeks.
Here is a roundup of 19 recruits, who have publically indicated stepping onto the Mesa recently.
All but the final two are part of the 2022 class.
Offers noted below are per 247sports.com.
I want to give all the Thanksgiving & Glory to my Father in Heaven, my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ 🙏🏻 I want to thank the whole coaching staff of SDSU for giving this kid from the Rock a chance. I’m ALL IN 📍💯🇦🇸 pic.twitter.com/TAy9GXIcs8
— Oakie Salave’a (@kidfromtherock) June 20, 2021
High School: Tafuna (American Samoa)
Position: QB, FS, ATH
Size: 6’3, 200
Offers: 2 (SDSU and Hawaii)
A Max Prep All-American QB from American Samoa who committed to SDSU on June 20th after his official visit. His father played defensive tackle for Colorado in the late 1980s. Look for more information on this latest commit in the upcoming weeks from the East Village Times.
Great unofficial visit to my hometown , @AztecFB today ❤️🖤 loved the hospitality of the entire coaching stuff✊🏾 @GregBiggins pic.twitter.com/wUsO5iBNHF
— jahlil florence (@FlorenceJahlil) June 10, 2021
High School: Lincoln (San Diego, CA)
Size: 6’2, 180
Offers: 16 including Pac-12 (WSU, Washington, OSU, Oregon, Arizona), Big-10 (Michigan), and ACC (Syracuse)
Florence is a hometown multi-sport athlete who also plays basketball and track and field (100m and 200m league champion.) He flashes shut-down corner ability, using his track speed to close on the ball when needed. He made an unofficial visit to the Mesa two weeks ago and plans to make an official visit to Michigan this weekend. Florence will announce his Top 3 schools on July 4th, and the Aztecs will be fortunate to make it on the list given the number of Power 5 offers he has received.
Had a blast at San Diego State University this weekend 🛡🔥🙏🏽@Coach_JLT @Matt_Razzano @AztecFB pic.twitter.com/CusZmi5d3H
— Camron Cooper (@CamronCooper10) June 20, 2021
High School: Dayton (Dayton, TX)
Position: ATH, DE, TE
Size: 6’3, 240
Cooper is a big, strong athlete that lined up as DE but made a ton of plays against the run and pass, slanting and darting inside at the snap. He also showed flashes of edge speed getting around the tackle on the outside on his way to the QB. In addition to SDSU, Cooper has made visits to Texas, Rice, Louisiana-Lafayette, and UTSA.
Sheldon Canley Jr.
SDSU Official Visit‼️🔥loved it @CoachDeakinSDSU @CoachHortonSDSU @Matt_Razzano @CoachCooperSDSU @the_jonesy16 @HarrisonKeller3 @Coach_Jordan_4 @BrandonHuffman pic.twitter.com/E34AuENxAV
— Sheldon Canley Jr. (@Canley2220) June 20, 2021
High School: Lompoc (Lompoc, CA)
Size: 5’10, 175
Offers: 6 including Pac-12 (WSU)
Canley is an explosive but undersized back who averaged more than 10 yards per carry in his junior season. He also excels in track and field, earning league title in the 100m dash. Can’t Miss Sports rates Canley as the #14 RB in California. SDSU appears to be his first official recruiting visit.
Official visit ⚫️🔴🔥 pic.twitter.com/ujHJQFNMqZ
— Zeon Chriss (@zeonchriss) June 20, 2021
High School: Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge, LA)
Position: QB, WR
Size: 6’2, 197
Offers: 8 including AAC (Memphis)
Chriss is a dual-threat QB with 4.4 speed and great arm strength, able to make plays inside and outside the pocket and down the field. Chriss won the 2020 state championships in football, basketball, and track and field at Madison Prep. He is a highly talented athlete that should rise in the rankings with another stellar performance in his senior season.
Huge thank you to the SDSU Aztecs for the visit! @NEmbernate @CoachMGoff @GBernardiSDSU @CoachKrum pic.twitter.com/4d5B5EqSEs
— Logan Hicks (@Logan_Hicks74) June 19, 2021
High School: Steele Canyon (Spring Valley, CA)
Position: OL, DT
Size: 6’6, 260
Hicks is a hometown kid who made the Daygofootball.com East County First Team as LT in his junior season. At 6’6, has great length to play the position but will need to bulk up in weight to compete and excel at the college level.
Thank you to the coaches at @SDSU for the great visit and showing me around the campus and facilities! @CoachZampese @MLinehanSDSU @Coach_Mattix Brady Hoke @Demos_Way @CoachCole42 pic.twitter.com/iCfSe7c3Ot
— brevin czosnyka (@BrevinCzosnyka) June 18, 2021
High School: Sandra Day O’Connor (Phoenix, AZ)
Position: OLB, WR
Size: 6’3, 190
Czosnyka is a multi-sport athlete in football and track and field. He plays off-ball OLB and utilizes his track speed to effectively cover slot receivers and make plays downhill in the run game. In addition to SDSU, he has also made recent unofficial visits to UNLV, Boise State, and California.
@CoachZampese @CoachSumlerSDSU @247Sports @Rivals @adamgorney Truly blessed for the hospitality for the uv love the knowledge you taught me coach sumler 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Ej6sbZergk
— Myller💪🏽 (@MTerameau) June 16, 2021
High School: Saguaro (Scottsdale, AZ)
Size: 5’10, 170
Offers: 1 (Northern Arizona)
Terameau is a two-sport athlete (also plays basketball). He is a small but rangy corner who makes plays closing on the ball. In addition to his unofficial visit to the Mesa, he has been busy attending several camps and showing off his versatility by playing snaps at WR.
I would like to thank @CoachMGoff @CoachKrum @NEmbernate for the unofficial visit of @AztecFB. I appreciate the time that you spent with me and my family. Also thanks to Coach Hoke and Coach Bernardi. I love what @AztecFB has to offer. See you Wednesday at the @SacHornetsFB camp.
— Drew Azzopardi (@DrewAzzo) June 14, 2021
High School: Junipero Serra (San Mateo, CA)
Size: 6’6, 310
Azzopardi is a huge right tackle, who uses his massive strength to push edge defenders backward in the run game, but is able to pull and block downfield in space. He took an unofficial visit to the Mesa. While he has received only three official offers to date, he has made several unofficial visits this month and attended multiple camps. Expect offers to come in quickly for this rising lineman.
Appreciate the whole AZTEC coaching staff for having me on my first Official Visit this past weekend‼️#GoAztecs🔴⚫️@AztecFB @bangulo @BrandonHuffman @247Sports pic.twitter.com/GNIt67gSHj
— Laakea Kapoi (@KapoiLaakea) June 14, 2021
High School: Saint Louis (Honolulu, HI)
Size: 6’4, 310
Offers: 19 including BYU, Pac-12 (WSU, Arizona, ASU, OSU, Colorado, California), ACC (Syracuse), Big-10 (Michigan, Indiana)
Kapoi is a big, strong right tackle who played in a predominantly shotgun offense and excelled in pass protection. His first official visit was to the Mesa, followed up by a visit to Syracuse this past weekend. He also made an unofficial visit to UNLV.
@AztecFB #GoAztecs ⚫️🔴 pic.twitter.com/cawFSkdWlT
— Cam Barfield (@Cambarfield123) June 13, 2021
High School: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)
Size: 5’9, 180
Offers: 12 including Pac-12 (Utah, ASU)
Barfield is a fast and shifty back who played in a Run Pass Option (RPO) offense and showed great vision and cutting ability in open space, leaving defenders in the dust. His skills would fit in very nicely in the Aztecs run game.
Thank you to the whole staff at @AztecFB for an amazing home state visit! @KHOKE23 @CoachSumlerSDSU @Coach_JLT @CoachZampese @Matt_Razzano pic.twitter.com/jXwmjaGSun
— Max Garrison (@maxlxgarrison) June 12, 2021
High School: St. Francis (La Canada, CA)
Position: ATH, RB, WR, SS
Size: 5’10, 183
Offers: 10 including Pac-12 (WSU, ASU) and Big-12 (Kansas, Texas)
Garrison is a versatile back who also played WR, giving him the ability to run routes and make plays out of the backfield. He put in a monstrous 1000+ all-purpose yards, 12 TDs in an abbreviated six-game junior season, which caught the eye of several Power 5 schools.
Super grateful for the incredible visit to San Diego State! I had an amazing day learning from great coaches about an awesome football program. Special thanks to @Coach_JLT @Coach_Mattix @KHOKE23 @CoachZampese and Coach Hoke. Lots to love about the red and black, Go Aztecs!! 🔴⚫️ pic.twitter.com/CEOBOFX5vI
— Clayton Lynam (@ClaytonLynam) June 11, 2021
High School: St. Francis (La Canada, CA)
Position: DE, OLB
Size: 6’4, 240
Lynam is a big, lengthy edge rusher that fits the recent mold the Aztec defensive coaches have looked for in edge rushers in their 3-3-5 scheme, and which led to commitment from Avory Iosefa Hart. He possesses an 82-inch reach that helps him shed blockers and make plays in the run and pass games. Can’t Miss Sports rates Lynam as the #18 LB in California. SDSU was his first recruiting visit.
Thank you very much @CoachMGoff, @CoachKrum, @NEmbernate, @GBernardiSDSU, and the rest of the @AztecFB staff for welcoming me on an unofficial visit yesterday! @NadeFootball pic.twitter.com/L909oV91Ez
— Zach Eagle (@ZachEagle8) June 9, 2021
High School: Chaminade College Prep (West Hills, CA)
Position: OL, DL
Size: 6’6, 300
An unofficial visit brought Eagle to campus. On tape, he appears to be better at pass blocking than run blocking at this point in his career. He has great size but does not use it to punish defenders even at the high school level.
After a great visit yesterday. I am extremely blessed to have received an offer to my hometown San Diego State University!!!🔴⚫️Thank you @Coach_Mattix for the opportunity! @Coach_JLT @CoachZampese @eastlaketitanFB @GregBiggins @BrandonHuffman pic.twitter.com/WOZZrtlwqR
— Trey White (@TreyWhite28) June 9, 2021
High School: Eastlake (Chula Vista, CA)
Position: DE, OLB
Size: 6’2, 235
Offers: 3 including Pac-12 (Arizona)
White is a local product who played with his hand in the ground in the abbreviated spring season. He shows great explosiveness for the high school level with the ability to rush inside or outside from the DE position. Adding weight to his frame should not be difficult for him if he wants to stay on the line at the next level.
San Diego State showing love after a great visit! 🔴⚫️@CSMITHOPS @s_eselu #GoAztecs pic.twitter.com/YhlMhwaagG
— Logan Tanner (@iamlogantanner) June 4, 2021
High School: St. Pius X (Houston, TX)
Position: TE, DE
Size: 6’4, 220
Offers: 21 including Pac-12 (Utah), Big-12 (Baylor), and AAC (Houston)
Tanner is heavily sought after, and it is not hard to see why. He is a special combination of speed and size. Whether playing on the line, in the slot, or out wide, he is a matchup nightmare. Tanner is cut in the same mold as Kahale Warring and Daniel Bellinger. The Aztecs hope that being one of the few programs in the country that still feature TEs lands them in Tanner’s Top 3, which he plans to announce on June 25th.
Had a great visit at San Diego State University. Thanks @CoachKrum @CoachMGoff @NEmbernate for giving me the opportunity to come out. pic.twitter.com/2NAxETVoYc
— Kavika Fitisemanu (@KavikaFiti) June 22, 2021
High School: Torrance (Torrance, CA)
Position: OT, DT
Size: 6’4, 305
Fitisemanu is a big, strong OT who has experience playing on either side of the OL, who, on tape, was able to swallow up smaller DEs at the high school level. In addition to visiting SDSU, Fitisemanu also attended a summer camp at Colorado State.
Brock Fonoimoana (Class of 2023)
Thank you 🙏🏽🤙🏽 @Coach_Mattix @KHOKE23 @s_eselu @Matt_Razzano @CoachZampese for the unofficial visit to SDSU. Go Aztecs 💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/P0vw8PpDhR
— Brock Cravens Fonoimoana (@BrockFonoimoana) June 11, 2021
High School: Kahuku (Kahuku, HI)
Position: SS, FS
Size: 6’1.5, 205
Offers: 1 from ACC (Virginia)
Fonoimoana fits the mold the coaching staff has been recruiting of taller players who can play all over the field. If he were to come to SDSU, he would make an ideal Aztec or Warrior safety with the ability to play multiple coverages and support in the run game.
Maximum Fonoimoana (Class of 2025)
Thank you 🙏🏽🤙🏽 @Coach_Mattix @KHOKE23 @s_eselu @CoachZampese @Matt_Razzano for the unofficial visit. Go Aztecs 💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/moXGadPtnB
— Maximum Moe Fonoimoana (@MFonoimoana) June 11, 2021
High School: Kahuku (Kahuku, HI)
Position: LB, TE
Size: 6’2, 180
Accompanying his older brother, Brock, on a trip to see his sister off to college at the University of Nevada, Maximum stopped by the Mesa for an unofficial visit. He also made trips to Utah and BYU and participated in a couple of camps hosted by Dixie State and UNLV. He has incredible size and strength for his age and will benefit from having his older brother go through the recruiting process before him.
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