San Diego State's recruiting surge continued this week with the commitment of Dallas (Tex.) First Baptist Academy offensive lineman Jack York, who held 21 offers.
York visited SDSU's campus in early June, spending his weekend in the city to get a feel for the environment (instead of just in the college area) and he didn't want to leave. Then a sign came.
"I kind of had a blessing in disguise - my flight got delayed. And I was actually happy about it," York said with a laugh. "So I was able to spend six more hours in San Diego, just driving around and checking out different spots. It was a good time with my family and it let me basically picture myself living there. I was just loving the experience."
The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder said he kept asking himself and his parents 'what am I waiting for?' on the way home, referring to his imminent commitment to the Aztecs. But York had two more visits scheduled to other schools and he wanted to think more about it before acting on emotion he felt throughout the visit.
It was a rational choice, considering York previously had the urge to commit at the very start of the San Diego visit when a different sign hit him. This time through the local radio wire.
"So, I like to bass fish, I'm big on it," said York. "And right when I got there, I turned on the radio and there was a talk show doing some sort of 'San Diego fishing report.' I just smiled at my family and was was like, 'yup, OK, I'm committing tonight' as a joke."
York later discovered that the San Diego fishing scene actually is the real deal. He cited a report which said 11 of the 25 largest largemouth bass of all time were caught in San Diego County.
"That's just unheard of. It really drew me in," he said.
But that was just the start of it.
"Like I told Coach [Jeff] Horton, 'that is the best visit I've ever been on.' I've been getting recruited by a lot of schools like Boise [State] and the rest of the Mountain West and schools like that but the environment and the coaching staff there just really fit me."
"I love San Diego and everything about the football team. I love how they built their program on accountability. Going there would basically be an extension of what I learned growing up, so that a big thing for me an and my family.
"I really liked Coach [Mike] Schmidt, too. He’s super knowledgeable and I learned a lot from him when he sat down. He has put guys into the NFL and their style of offense gives NFL scouts a good idea of what you can do in the league. He was also the first coach to tell me all the things he liked about me and why he really wanted me. He basically said that the coaches there watch film and see nothing but guards just blowing people up and running people over but they don't have my length and athleticism. That's key - that's what helps you succeed in college and those type of guys turn into NFL guys.
"Their academic staff was out of this world, too. You can tell they're passionate about what they do. At some other schools, you can tell that the academic support people just see it as a job but at SDSU they really care about you."
After talking it over with his family, York spoke with his high school coaches on Monday to let them know how he was feeling about SDSU. He finally pulled the trigger Wednesday morning via Twitter.
"My parents have been helpful with everything and they actually want me to go out and see a different part of the country," he said. "There’s a lot of great opportunities for me out of state, and I'll get to live life on my own."
York added that SDSU strength and conditioning coach Adam Hall made the decision easier. He and his family both felt a strong comfort level with Hall.
"He sat my family down and talked about their philosophy on accountability and what his role would be for me," said York. "He was really honest. He said that coaches recruit you, you get in and then when we're not in camp or in season, they're back on the road recruiting. Most of the rest of the year is spent with him in the weight room and during workouts. And I wouldn't mind that because their weight room is absolutely awesome."
York has taken several visits to schools in Texas, Big 12 and SEC country along with trips to UCLA and Cal.
Schools such as Boise State, Cal, Texas Tech and UCLA implied that an offer would be on the way after they view his upcoming senior mid-season film.