Fresno State Signs 21

Matt Darr

Is this Fresno State's best recruiting class? That's been the statement made the last three years but after taking a closer look at the 21 young men that signed a National Letter of Intent; the 2010 Fresno State class may go down as the turning point in Bulldog recruiting efforts…

Fresno State never beats the Pac-10 for recruits, let alone the top Valley prospects that always seem to spurn the Bulldogs for a scholarship offer to Cal, USC, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon or Oregon State among others. The 2010 class is one that can lay claim to few ground breaking recruiting victories.

Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's wide receiver Josh Harper had offers from every Pac-10 school at one point last summer. However, after committing to Cal in August, he reopened his recruitment last month. In the end, Fresno State came away with one of the top wide receiver prospects in the nation. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound wideout is unbelievable on film. He is arguably the biggest name recruit to spurn multiple BCS offers late in the recruiting process and sign with the Bulldogs.

Bakersfield (Calif.) Frontier punter Matt Darr is the nation's No. 1 rated player at his position, according to Fresno State has never signed a No. 1 rated player since the use of current form of recruiting rankings started in 2002. Darr had offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Baylor, LSU, Northwestern, Oklahoma State and USC among many others. He committed to USC last June but the departure of Pete Carroll caused him to look elsewhere. The combination of having his college major and proximity to his hometown made Fresno State his choice on signing day.

Tulare (Calif.) safety Edward Dillihunt fits the mold of a prototypical Valley prospect that looks to leave the area and play in the Pac-10. In fact, his teammate Marquess Wilson, who had a Fresno State offer, is headed to Washington State. But for Dillihunt, playing for Pat Hill and playing in front of family and friends won his pledge. He turned down offers from Arizona State and Washington State.

The Bulldogs has not had great recruiting success in San Diego in Hill's previous years. And with the greater San Diego area having one of its richest recruiting classes in 2010, how could Fresno State make a dent? Last year, Hill was able to sneak in and sign underrated running back Robbie Rouse. Rouse's Madison High School team camped in Fresno during the 2008 summer. Landing Rouse seemed to be enough to get Hill in the door with other top San Diego area recruits in 2010.

His teammate Lester Fontenette had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, and Washington State but didn't take another trip besides his official visit to Fresno State. San Diego Lincoln wider receivers Davon Dunn and Victor Dean had many Pac-10 offers but in the end, they both signed with Fresno State. In Dunn's case, he reneged on his verbal commitment to Cal, and he will follow his father's (former Bulldog receiver David Dunn) footsteps to Fresno.

Other Bulldog signees with Pac-10/BCS are Isaiah Burse, Jalen Saunders and Derron Smith. Burse and Saunders are both North Valley prospects that had some of best senior film among any Golden State Prospects.

The 2010 Fresno State Recruiting Class

Pos Nat'l
School, Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Commit Date Signed LOI? Commit School
QB JC Kelly O'Brien
Los Altos Hills, CA

6-6/210 02/02/2010
Fresno State
P 1 Matt Darr
(Frontier HS)
Bakersfield, CA
6-2/210 02/01/2010
Fresno State
OLB 110 Ofa Fifita
(Arroyo Valley HS)
San Bernardino, CA
6-0/220/4.70 01/28/2010
Fresno State
CB NR Greg Watson
(Rancho Cucamonga HS)
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
5-11/190/4.59 01/24/2010
Fresno State
OG 84 Tyeler Davison
(Desert Mountain HS)
Scottsdale, AZ
6-1/281/5.35 01/24/2010
Fresno State
S 75 Derron Smith
(Banning HS)
Banning, CA
6-0/195/4.50 01/23/2010
Fresno State
WR 66 Josh Harper
(St. Mary's HS)
Stockton, CA
6-2/190/4.50 01/18/2010
Fresno State
TE NR Cody Wichmann
(Mariposa County HS)
Mariposa, CA

6-5/275 01/13/2010
Fresno State
CB NR Anthony Riggins
(Rodriguez HS)
Fairfield, CA

6-0/190 01/09/2010
Fresno State
CB 128 Isaiah Burse
(Modesto Christian)
Modesto, CA

5-11/180 12/28/2009
Fresno State
WR 72 Davon Dunn
(Lincoln Senior HS)
San Diego, CA
6-0/185/4.50 12/23/2009
Fresno State
QB 125 Marcus McDade
(St. Mary's HS)
Stockton, CA
6-3/195 12/14/2009
Fresno State
OT 139 Andrew Gustafson
(Chaparral HS)
Scottsdale, AZ

6-6/262/5.01 12/14/2009
Fresno State
RB 138 Emery Schexnayder
(North (John W.) HS)
Riverside, CA
5-11/210/4.55 12/12/2009
Fresno State
WR 132 Victor Dean
(Lincoln Senior HS)
San Diego, CA
6-6/198/4.40 11/27/2009
Fresno State
OLB NR John Oglesby
(Highland HS)
Bakersfield, CA

6-2/225 11/24/2009
Fresno State
RB 119 Leslie Rogers
(Point Loma Senior HS)
San Diego, CA
6-1/180 10/20/2009
Fresno State
S 101 Edward Dillihunt
(Tulare Union HS)
Tulare, CA
5-10/194/4.85 10/17/2009
Fresno State
QB 79 Lester Fontenette
(Madison Senior HS)
San Diego, CA
6-2/210 10/13/2009
Fresno State
WR 179 Sean Alston
(Los Osos HS)
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
5-9/172 10/04/2009
Fresno State
WR 176 Jalen Saunders
(Pleasant Grove HS)
Elk Grove, CA
5-9.5/157 08/17/2009
Fresno State

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