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The Recruiting Road So Far: San Jose State

Looking at the Spartan’s December class.

Mountain West Football Championship - Boise State v San Jose State Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Welcome to the ninth post in our twelve-part series that hopefully makes the dead period go by a bit quicker. These articles aim to provide a detailed look at what each team has done thus far on the recruiting trail and what work still needs to be put in before NLI day in February. One team a day will be featured this year in alphabetical order. Today will look at San Jose State.

San Jose State:

The 2020 season had its bumps and bruises for pretty much everyone, and San Jose State was no exception. They had to move training camp in the fall. They had a game cancelled after they had already landed in Idaho. They had their home game moved to Hawaii and played the rest of the season in Las Vegas. Despite all of that, the Spartans won; they won every single conference game, including the MWC Championship against Boise State.

With eligibility rules being adjusted for Covid, it’s a bit difficult to know which players are staying or leaving. That makes it a bit harder to understand what specific needs are in the class. That being said, this class needed to shore up the depth in almost every area after the program experienced a high amount of attrition following the coaching change. To see how they’ve done so far, look below.

The Road So Far:

San Jose State has committed to recruiting locally, and it pays off again with this class. Eleven of their thirteen signees hail from the state of California. The majority of the players in this class are from the high school level, with one JUCO player and one college transfer rounding things out. The Spartans have been a sneaky solid recruiting program under Coach Brennan, and that theme continues this year.

Starting with the offense, the Spartans only secured nine players during this signing period. Starting with QB Walker Eget, they appear in good hands for the future with one of Cali’s better pro-style quarterbacks. He’s joined by one of the top junior college running backs in Leonard Glass. SJSU stocked up on receivers and tight ends, with the versatile Assani Berkeley, the tall Donald McKinney, and Branden Alvarez out of a top high school program. Also, Fernando Carmona and Nathan Lewis add two more big targets as tight ends. Speaking of size, that continues on the offensive line with tackle Ryan Stewart and center Kai Peterson-Davison.

Onto the defensive side of things, San Jose State was able to add four players to the mix. Marcel Sanders seems to fit the bill in the type of player they look for at defensive end; long and lean with a high motor. Linebacker is where the headliners are with transfer Matthew Tago, who comes from Oregon State and was highly rated in high school. Joining him is Bryun Parham from Long Beach Poly, and he continues the trend of the Spartans landing a highly ranked recruit who could be seen as a surprising commit. Rounding things out is Kavon Baptiste, a defensive back with some serious size.

Number who signed in December: 13

Number who will enroll early: 0

247 Composite Rankings: 112

The Road Ahead:

Top Targets Remaining: OL, DL, DB

Taking a guess, it might be accurate to say this class is about two-thirds complete. San Jose State is used to filling out their class in February, so it shouldn’t be an issue. Plus, they can now use their Mountain West championship as a recruiting pitch.

The trenches and the secondary look to be the areas of focus. Adding at least one more offensive lineman and maybe even two to keep the unit stocked would be wise. On the other side of the ball, the d-line needs reinforcements, especially at the defensive tackle spots. It would not be surprising to see them add somewhere around three players at this position. Similarly, defensive back is a position they need to replenish their forces. Targetting another three or four players there would make sense.

San Jose State has a good start to their 2021 class already and now needs to finish strong in order to solidify it. They are in a unique position where they have open spots and are likely to be seen as a desirable destination after winning the conference title. It will be worth watching to see if the Spartans continue to recruit primarily high school players before February or if they tap into the transfer market. If they can accomplish this, they could see themselves rise in the rankings.

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Coming tomorrow: UNLV