SJSU Signing Day
Two CalHiSports.com all-state high school seniors and four more that named a league most valuable player are among 11 prospective football student-athletes to sign a National Letter-of-Intent with San Jose State University at the start of the traditional February signing period. Head coach Brent Brennan made the announcement.
Wide receiver Jermaine Braddock (6-2, 200, Charter Oak HS) and linebacker Isaak Togia (6-1, 215, Pacifica HS) were first and third team choices, respectively.
Braddock’s teammate, wide receiver Isaiah Hamilton (5-11, 180, Charter Oak HS), the 2017 Hacienda League Offensive Player of the Year, defensive back Tre Jenkins (6-1, 205, St. Mary’s HS), the 2017 Tri City Athletic League Most Valuable Player, and Nick Nash (6-3, 180, Woodbridge HS), the 2017 Pacific Coast League Offensive Most Valuable Player, are heading to San Jose State.
The 11 signees, all high school seniors, now join 13 prospects that signed a National Letter-of-Intent in the new December signing period.
Thirteen of the 24 are projected to begin their college football careers on defense. San Jose State added six defensive backs, five offensive linemen, four linebackers, three wide receivers, three defensive linemen, two running backs and a quarterback likely to play at a different position. Safety Bobby Brown, II, linebacker Kyle Harmon, offensive lineman Korey Moriboho and cornerbacks Jalen Nelson and Nehemiah Shelton from the December 2017 signing period are enrolled at San Jose State for the spring semester and available to participate in 2018 spring practice.
“We feel we recruited guys that can come in and compete immediately and have a chance to impact the game the moment they step foot on the campus which is always a goal in recruiting. You’re always trying to bring in guys that are going to impact your football team,” Brennan said about his second recruiting class as the Spartans head coach.
“How they impact your football team will be interesting to see. Some of it might be leadership; some of it might be on the field; and some of it may be in the classroom. Every player we recruited in this class has a chance to really impact our program.”
Max Barth (6-6, 280, St. Mary’s HS), an All-Northern California honoree and a teammate of Jenkins at St. Mary’s, is the fifth new offensive lineman joining the Spartans.
Running backs Kairee Robinson (5-8, 190, De La Salle HS) rushed for 2,012 yards and 26 touchdowns in his junior season and Lorenzo Burkes (6-2, 230, Jesuit HS) scored 20 times on the ground in two seasons.
Braddock caught 147 passes for 2,453 yards and 26 touchdowns in three seasons at Charter Oak High and still left enough opportunities for Hamilton to catch 68 passes as a junior and a senior for a 22.8 yards per catch average and 22 scores.
Nash, whose dad Kenny Nash played wide receiver on the 1985 and 1986 San Jose State teams, was an all-purpose threat passing for 1,728 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushing for 1,269 yards and 17 TDs.
L.J. Anderson (6-0, 175, Moreau Catholic HS) joins Jenkins as the two defensive backs from the most recent signing period coming to the Spartans.
Junior Fehoko (6-4, 235, Saint Francis HS) and Michael Pryor (6-3, 230, Pittsburg HS) and Togia are the three linebacker hopefuls completing the 2018 signing class. Fehoko blossomed his senior season. Pryor had 32.0 tackles for loss and 12.5 quarterback sacks combined in his junior and senior years.
“We’re adding some really high-caliber young men to our program, guys with really high ceilings, athletically, talent-wise who are also quality young men. Lots of them come from winning programs. We have a bunch of guys from state championship teams that competed in the highest level in the state of California,” Brennan said.
“The assistant coaches did an outstanding job putting this recruiting class together and getting us to signing with a group of guys we feel really, really good about.”
Friends of the San Jose State football program are invited to its annual “National Letter-of-Intent Celebration” at the Diaz-Compean Student Union Building, Wednesday, February 7. Contact Associate Athletics Director for Football Advancement Tim Rice at (408) 924-1128 or at email@example.com.
Season tickets for the 2018 home schedule will go on sale the night of February 7. The Spartans’ opponents in CEFCU Stadium will be non-conference opponents Army West Point and UC Davis and Mountain West foes Colorado State, Hawaii, Nevada and UNLV. Army West Point is making its first appearance in CEFCU Stadium.
December 2017 Signees – 13
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown/Last School
Charlie Bostic CB 6-0 175 FR Saratoga, Calif./Valley Christian HS
Bobby Brown, II DB 6-0 185 SO Lancaster, Calif./College of the Canyons
Cade Hall DL 6-2 235 FR Morgan Hill, Calif./Bellarmine Prep
Kyle Harmon LB 6-0 230 FR Antioch, Calif./Freedom HS
Korey Mariboho OL 6-3 285 JR Tustin, Calif./Saddleback College
Jaime Navarro OL 6-3 275 FR Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS
Jalen Nelson CB 6-2 178 SO San Diego, Calif./Southwestern College
Leki Nunn WR 5-11 180 FR San Mateo, Calif./Serra HS
Tyler Ostrom OL 6-3 280 FR Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure HS
Anthony Pardue OL 6-5 280 FR Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS
Dimitri Sakalia DL 6-2 231 FR East Palo Alto, Calif./Menlo Atherton HS
Nehemiah Shelton CB 6-2 170 SO Gardena, Calif./Long Beach City College
Demanuel Tulauati DL 6-1 265 FR San Diego, Calif./Madison HS
February 2018 Signees – 11
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown/Last School
L.J. Anderson CB 6-0 175 FR Oakland, Calif./Moreau Catholic HS
Max Barth OL 6-6 280 FR Lodi, Calif./St. Mary’s HS
Lorenzo Burkes RB 6-2 230 FR Sacramento, Calif./Jesuit HS
Jermaine Braddock WR 6-1 195 FR Covina, Calif./Charter Oak HS
Junior Fehoko LB 6-4 235 FR East Palo Alto, Calif./Saint Francis HS
Isaiah Hamilton WR 5-11 180 FR Covina, Calif./Charter Oak HS
Tre Jenkins S 6-1 205 FR Stockton, Calif./St. Mary’s HS
Nick Nash ATH 6-3 180 FR Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge HS
Michael Pryor LB 6-3 230 FR Pittsburg, Calif./Pittsburg HS
Kairee Robinson RB 5-8 190 FR Antioch, Calif./De La Salle HS
Isaak Togia LB 6-1 200 FR Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS