From Camp, to Visit, to Spartan. Meet No. 7

With the second big recruiting weekend underway for San Jose State football, returns from the last weekends event continue to roll in as the Spartans staff accepted the commitment of this NorCal linebacker from an often-overlooked area of the state. Inside Sparta spoke on Friday with SJSU commitment No. 7.

The far northern part of the state of California is known more for trees and heat than as a hotbed of football talent. However, those programs willing to mine the region often find the gems of an area that has produced some major Football Bowl Subdivsion talent. One such player from near Redding camped at San Jose State this summer, took his official visit last weekend, and became a Spartan on Wednesday.

"I really liked the team a lot, their closeness, and I like Coach (Mike) MacIntyre and his philosophy," Addison Gillam said.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Gillam, of Foothill High School in Palo Cedro, Calif., also has an offer from UC Davis, he said. On his visit last he weekend he was able to take a closer look at the place he'll call home for the next several years.

"We toured the campus and the facilities," he said. "The I was able to talk to one of the school counselors. After that I got to hang out with the team, that was pretty cool."

Gillam added that the SJSU staff will allow him be able to compete for a spot on either side of the ball, though they do have their eye on him for defense.

"I talked to Coach Mac and he said they'd prefer to have me at linebacker," Gillam said. "But he also said I could have a chance to play offense if I wanted. He said if I bulked up a bit I could play tight end."

The talented young man plays middle linebacker for the Cougars as well as running back. On a season that saw them post a 10-2 record, Gillam averaged over seven tackles per game on defense. On offense he averaged nearly 10 yards a carry and scored five touchdowns.

Gillam said that junior first team All-Western Athletic Conference defensive end Travis Johnson was his host and that the two hit it off from the start. One of the common themes stated by visitors to San Jose State is the camaraderie of the team, how the players think of themselves as brothers, something Gillam said he was looking forward to joining. He'll begin the Bridge Program in July, and said he would like the major in kinesiology.

"Someday I'd like to become a trainer," he said.

With a reported time of 4.53 in the 40-yard-dash, Gillam said he participates in track during the spring, running the 100-yard-dash, the 4X100 and 4X400 relays, and the 400.

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