Ryan Jack visited San Diego State a few times, liked the location and the campus, loved the coaching staff and decided it was a perfect fit for him and his style of football.
Jack, a 6-foot-1, 202-pound inside linebacker from Corona (Calif.) Centennial, verbally committed to the Aztecs last month and had a chance this past weekend to talk about why he made that decision.
"He's a tough, hit-you-in-your-mouth kind of linebacker and that's what (defensive coordinator) Rocky Long likes with that defense he runs," Centennial coach Matt Logan said. "It's a perfect match. I'm just excited for him."
Jack said: "I like it because it's close to home and I've liked them since I was little and they run a good defense. It sounded perfect."
Jack, a hard-hitting and aggressive linebacker, was reportedly close to getting an offer from San Jose State and was also receiving interest from Colorado but decided to commit and will not take any other visits.
Not only did Jack hit it off with Long while taking his trips to San Diego State but he also likes coach Brady Hoke, linebackers coach Mark Smith and the direction of the Aztecs' program.
"He's a great defensive coach," Jack said of Long. "Coach Hoke is great. The linebackers coach is awesome. I've been down there a couple times and I love the school and I love the location there."