LB Gigantino to Make Signing Day Decision

Inside Sparta checked in with linebacker Joe Gigantino of Bellarmine High School in San Jose to see what his plans were for further visits, and for a making his college choice.

Linebacker Joseph Gigantino of Bellarmine High School in San Jose visited nearby San Jose State in early December. It was the first time he'd been on the campus of the Football Bowl Subdivision school that is only minutes from his home. He returned from the tour highly impressed, but unlike his teammate, linebacker Brad Kuh, was not yet ready to make the call, saying he wanted to take his time and explore all the possibilities that awaited him.

Gigantino has two offers - SJSU and Cal Poly. Poly will host the local star later this month.

"I had originally planned on going down there this weekend," he said. "But it was changed to the weekend of Jan. 20."

He added that he is in constant contact with SJSU.

"I just spoke with Terry Malley," he said. "We talk all the time.

The Bellarmine Bells posted a 12-2 record for 2011, with the two losses coming in their first and last games. The first was a tight 26-23 contest to perrenial powerhouse De La Salle in the season opener, and the final was an epic 42-37 to Santa Margarita in the CIF Division 1 State Finals. The championship game came down to the wire, with Santa Margarita scoring the winning touchdown with only 16 seconds remaining on a fourth-and-1 touchdown dive by their quarterback, Johnny Stanton.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Gignatino is going to play out the entire process before making a decision. He said he is still interested in San Diego State and may hear from them in the next few days about a visit and offer.

"I may still take an unofficial there and see about walking on," he said. "But my final decision will be made on Signing Day. We'll have a big ceremony at school where all the players announce where they will go, and that's when I'll make my choice."

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