Connette Makes the Call

Simon Connette

Corona (Calif.) Santiago safety Brandon Connette will play in the WAC, committing to an in-state program this week...

Corona (Calif.) Santiago safety Simon Connette, one of the top prospects in the Inland Empire in the 2011 class, has ended his recruitment, and will stay in California.

"I committed to San Jose State," said Connette.

Connette also had an offer from UTEP but a trip to the Silicon Valley sealed the deal for him.

"I went there for an unofficial and liked what they had to offer, and I really liked everything saw and I liked the coaching staff, so I committed," said Connette.

And there is connection between Connette and new head coach Mike MacIntyre.

MacIntyre was previously at Duke, where Connette's older brother Brandon is a quarterback.

"I really like Coach MacIntyre, ever since we first met at Duke," Connette previously told Scout.com. "I believe the San Jose State program will improve tremendously with Coach MacIntyre as the head coach. I am very excited about all that the Spartans have to offer."

Last fall, Connette had 93 tackles, three forced fumbles, two interceptions, two recovered fumbles (103 yards in return), and a sack and earned Second Team All-Big VIII honors.

Academically, he has a 4.0 GPA.

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