Spartans Offer Another Local Linebacker

Linebacker appears to be a position the San Jose State coaching staff is targeting heavily. Inside Sparta reported on Tuesday about the offer extended to Joe Gigantino of Bellarmine College Prep High School. As it turns out that wasn't the only local player talking to SJSU.

On Tuesday, shortly after he received the offer from San Jose State head football coach Mike MacIntyre, Inside Sparta spoke with linebacker Joseph Gigantino of Bellarmine College Prep High School in San Jose. It was the first pledge extended to the local talent. It turns out that after talking with Gigantino, the Spartans staff extended an offer to Gigantino's teammate and fellow linebacker.

"Coach MacIntyre called me on Tuesday and asked how I was doing and how the team was doing," Brad Kuh said. "Then he offered me a scholarship. It's my first and I'm really happy."

Not only are they teammates, Gigantino and Kuh are best friends and have discussed staying as teammates in college.

"He's been my best friend for four years," Kuh said regarding Gigantino. "It would be really cool if we could play together in college but it's not something we've decided on."

While SJSU is his first offer, there are others on the radar. Kuh said he's received interest from Sacramento State, San Diego State, and the University of San Diego.

"I really like the San Diego schools," Kuh said. "It's really a tough position because I like them all."

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Kuh said he attended the San Jose State summer camp as well as the game against New Mexico State on Sept. 24.

"I really liked the environment, it was a lot of fun," he said. "And I really like the staff."

Kuh said that he's been told by the other schools showing interest that they're waiting to see more film from his senior year, a year that so far has seen Kuh rack up over 40 tackles, and two fumble recoveries.

He reports a 4.8 time in the 40-yard-dash.

Academically Kuh added that he'd like to major in business with a focus on sports marketing. He was quick to point out which school offered him the best opportunity in that area.

"San Jose State really stands out with all of their sports teams and they're programs," he said. "I'm thinking of doing something like sports ad campaigns."

Decision time won't come any time soon. Bellarmine Head Coach Mike Janda is having his players focus on their season before concentrating on recruiting. The Bells are off to a 5-1 start including a five-game winning streak after dropping their season opener to perennial powerhouse De La Salle of Concord, Calif., by a score of 26-23.

"I may wait until Signing Day," Kuh said. "I'm not sure, really, but it will definitely be after our season."



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