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Did the Bulldogs Land the Next Davante Adams in Recruiting Haul?



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Fresno State has again signed a wide receiver from the Bay Area region that produced NFL star Davante Adams. (AP File)
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Fresno State announced Wednesday that wide receiver Jalen Moss of Menlo Atherton High School had signed to play with the Bulldogs under coach Jeff Tedford.

Moss follows in the footsteps of former Fresno State standouts Davante Adams and KeeSean Johnson as a wide receiver from the Palo Alto area.

Moss Recruited by Pac-12 Schools

He had 1,127 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns this season. He drew interest from Power 5 schools such as Arizona State, Nebraska, Oregon, and Oregon State.

“Historically, players from the Palo Alto & Menlo Park area have done well here from Davante Adams and KeeSean Johnson to Jordan Mims,” said Fresno State Director of Player Personnel Albert Garcia in a news release.

“Jalen is humble but a competitive athlete. His athleticism, speed, and run-after-catch ability provide him all the tools to continue the tradition of productive receivers from the Bay Area. He’s made explosive plays on offense, defense, and special teams this past season so we are excited for his future here as a Wide Receiver!”

‘Wide Receiver U’

Under the late Jim Sweeny, Fresno State developed a reputation as “Wide Receiver U,” and the tradition has continued.

Adams is one of the best wideouts in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers after a sensational college career in which he had 233 receptions and 38 touchdowns in just two seasons.

Johnson left Fresno State as the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards (3,463) and receptions (275). He now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Going back further, Henry Ellard, a two-sport All-American for the Bulldogs, is among the best wide receivers in NFL history.

Other wide receivers who made a mark in the NFL after standout careers at Fresno State include Stephone Paige, Stephen “The Touchdown Maker” Baker, Bernard Berrian, Charlie Jones, and David Dunn.

Read more about Fresno State’s recruiting class at

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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