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Waddell commits to SDSU

The first time Hesperia wide receiver/return man Jay Waddell knew San Diego State was interested in him was when one his football coaches gave him a box of about 40 recruiting letters from various colleges.

“About 25 of the letters were from San Diego State,” Waddell said. “I sent them a text and told them I was interested, but I had just received their letters.”

It turns out Waddell, a 6-foot, 175-pounder, was more than interested in SDSU. He is the first player from the Class of 2010 that has learned has verbally committed to the Aztecs.

“It’s not far from home, and I have a real supportive family that can come see me play,” Waddell said. “I like their offense and decided it was the best fit for me.”

A change in coaches at Hesperia led to the mail mix up, but the more the Aztecs learned about Waddell, the more they liked him and eventually offered a scholarship.

One reason was Waddell’s uncle Jerrell played at Oregon State when SDSU defensive coordinator Rocky Long was Oregon State’s defensive coordinator and SDSU head coach Brady Hoke was a defensive assistant.

Find the full story in Tuesday's Daily Press and at Used with permission from the writer. Contact Tom Shanahan at


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