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San Diego State may be naming a new football coach as early as this week.
The Aztecs are believed to have completed interviews with former Texas A&M University head coach Dennis Franchione, UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker and Ball State University head coach Brady Hoke. They’re now said to be in a negotiation stage with all three.
But even if they’d named their coach Saturday or Sunday, it would have been too late for him to be at Qualcomm Stadium for the CIF San Diego Section quadruple-header that featured not only seniors to recruit but a strong junior class.
The only red-jacketed college coach recruiting eyeing talent was Utah assistant Dave Schramm, who, by the way, is a former San Diego State coach. Utah has a commitment from Oceanside quarterback Jordan Wynn.
San Diego State has commitments from Oceanside wide receiver Osmond Nicholas and La Costa Canyon linebacker Jacob Driver. Both players are waiting to learn the identity of the new Aztecs coach before re-confirming their commitment.
Other college-bound players at Qualcomm Friday were Oceanside offensive lineman Brian Schwenke (Cal), Helix tight end Levine Toilolo (Stanford), Helix tackle Anthony Anderson (Oregon), Cathedral offensive tackle Everett Benyard (Oregon) and Madison running back Robbie Rouse (Fresno Stat e).
Seniors still weighing their options were Cathedral running back Tyler Gaffney and Valley Center wide receiver James Johnson.
Juniors the Aztecs better get on soon include Escondido running back Ricky Seale and La Costa Canyon wide receiver Kenny Stills.
Once again the Aztecs have changed coaches and they’re playing catch-up. Until they build success and stability, SDSU is closer to being another UTEP than BYU, Utah or TCU. A Utah recruiter on the sidelines of a San Diego championship more prominent than an SDSU coach tells you more than you need to know.