Bryce Howard Talks SJSU, Plans for Future

Recruiting is winding down with National Signing Day approaching. However, schools are still finalizing their classes, and San Jose State is no exception. One offensive line prospect recently popped up on the SJSU radar after having his offer from Fresno State pulled by their new staff.

The recruiting dead period has begun, but that doesn't mean recruiting has ended. With 19 commitments public it is speculated that San Jose State may add three or four more players come Signing Day on Wednesday. One such prospect may be offensive lineman Bryce Howard of Los Banos (Calif) High School. At one time a Fresno State commit, he reports his offer was pulled after the new Bulldog staff arrived following the firing of Pat Hill. That's when SJSU pounced.

"It was right after my scholarship offer was pulled by Fresno State," he said. "Coach (John) DeFilippo came down to talk with me, then on Weds (the 18th) they offered me, then wanted me to come up that weekend for a visit."

Howard said he had never considered SJSU before they started recruiting him, even though a family member is a current member of the Spartans.

"My cousin Travis Johnson signed with them but I never thought about going there myself," he said. "But now that I've been there I really like it and like the direction they're going. About the only thing I liked better about Fresno State was their stadium."

With 19 scholarships now public, according to, it is thought that the SJSU staff has three or four more to hand out. However, Howard will most likely have to wait a bit for one from the Spartans.

"They've been talking to me about coming on as a grayshirt because all their scholarships for this year are filled," he said. "I'd accept it if they do offer, which means I wouldn't be in school until spring of next year, when I'd get a full ride."

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Howard was named the Western Athletic Conference (high school) Most Valuable Player for 2011. He plays both sides of the line but will most likely end up on offensive.

He reports an offer from Sacramento State, where he visited this weekend.

"Actually it was really nice," he said. "They have a bunch of new facilities but I'd much rather play Division 1 (FBS) ball."

On that subject, Howard said he was told by the Sac State staff that the Football Championship Subdivision Hornets will probably not seek Football Bowl Subdivision status.

"They told me they didn't want to be the doormat of D-1 (FBS) football," he said.

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