National Signing Day is rapidly coming to a close and the big names are donning their hats and breaking hearts along the way. For schools a notch or two below the Alabama and USC's of the world, signing day does not result in the same level of recruits, but it is still an incredibly important day.
The San Jose State Spartans wrapped up their signing day and have brought home a fairly solid mix of recruits. The WAC does not bring home the big name recruits, but for purposes of competing in the conference, the challenge is simply bettering the schools you are going to face year in and year out. San Jose State has put themselves in a solid position moving forward as they are ranking among the top two or three teams in the WAC with this class.
SJSU's incoming class will include anywhere from two to four 3-star recruits, depending on the service you check. Jalynn McCain looks to be checking in as their top consensus high school recruit. Rated three stars by ESPN and Rivals, McCain is a running back out of Houston, Texas. McCain stands almost 5'11, 220 pounds and brings a strong combination of power and explosion. Brandon Rutley was solid at running back for the Spartans, but as he graduates they will need a new option for the future. McCain could prove to be that guy. Here is some video from his senior year:
Fernando Villanueva is another consensus three-star pick, with ESPN, Rivals and Scout all rating him as a three-star prospect. Villanueva played on both the offensive and defensive lines at Independence High School in San Jose, but he will likely focus in at offensive tackle at San Jose State. Villanueva reportedly had scholarship offers from several Pac-12 schools, so grabbing him out of their own big yard is a strong sign for Mike MacIntyre and the Spartans.
At 6-7, Villanueva is a big, big dude. He is currently 290 pounds, but I would imagine the team will get him working on his diet and get some serious muscle added to his frame. He will have plenty to learn in terms of technique, but you can't teach that kind of size.
Potentially the most important addition to the Spartans roster moving forward could be junior college transfer David Fales. The transfer from Monterey Peninsula College is already enrolled at SJSU and will be eligible to compete for the starting QB job as the Spartans begin preparing for the post-Matt Faulkner era.
Fales was a two-time All-Coast Conference QB, finishing his two seasons completing 61.8% of his passes for 4,635 yards and 37 touchdowns. Fales ranked among California's top ten in completions, completion percentage, passing yards, touchdown passes and passing efficiency.
To read more about the entire class, you can head over to the San Jose State Recruiting Central page. Here is a rundown of their 20 signees as of Wednesday, February 1.
David Fales - (QB, 6-3, 210, JR, Salinas, Calif./Monterey Peninsula College)
Ryan Harper - (S, 6-2, 200, SO, Phoenix, Ariz./Phoenix College)
Oscar Barron - (OL, 6-4, 270, FR, Buena Park, Calif./Buena Park HS)
Addison Gillam - (LB, 6-3, 215, FR, Palo Cedro, Calif./Foothill HS)
Kyle Hart - (OL, 6-3, 265, FR, Ridgecrest, Calif./Burroughs HS)
Niko Kittrell - (TE/FB, 6-2, 245, FR, Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro HS)
Jeremiah Kolone - (OL, 6-3, 290, FR, Fallbrook, Calif./Fallbrook HS)
Austin Lopez - (PK, 6-0, 170, FR, Euless, Texas/Trinity HS)
Jalynn McCain - (RB, 5-10, 220, FR, Houston, Texas/George Bush HS)
Evan Sarver - (OL, 6-5, 270, FR, Queen Creek, Ariz./Basha HS)
Travis Talianko - (S, 6-1, 200, FR, Sierra Madre, Calif./St. Francis HS)
Jordan Thiel - (TE, 6-5, 230, FR, Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS)
Fernando Villanueva - (OL/DL , 6-7, 290, FR, San Jose, Calif./Independence HS)
Billy Freeman - (TE, 6-3, 235, FR, Mesa, Ariz./Red Mountain HS)
Brad Kuh - (LB, 6-2, 220, FR, San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine Prep)
Miles Milner - (DB, 5-11, 170, FR, San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills HS)
Jimmy Pruitt - (DB, 6-0, 175, FR, San Diego, Calif./Helix HS)
Christian Tago - (QB/LB , 6-2, 215, FR, Palmdale, Calif./Highland HS)
Eugene Taylor - (DE/OLB, 6-4, 210, FR, San Jose, Calif./Oak Grove HS)
Lemaki Musika - (LB, 6-1, 245, FR, Milpitas, Calif./Milpitas HS)