San Jose State Legacy Commits to SJSU

Big lineman Nico Aimonetti makes the early call and commits to San Jose State. On Wednesday evening he talked with Inside Sparta about what made him choose to follow in his father's footsteps.

Lineman Nice Aimonetti grew up in a San Jose State household. His father, John, played on the offensive line for the Spartans during the mid 1980s.

"My dad loved it there and really talked about how much he enjoyed his time there, Nico Aimonetti said. "I went to camp there this summer and fell in love with it myself. The coaches and everything there was really great."

So much so that Aimonetti decided to keep the legacy of San Jose State alive in his family by making his pledge to Spartans head coach Mike MacItyre.

"I committed about three weeks ago," he said. "It just felt to right and I didn't need to think about it too much."

His former teammate, linebacker Shane Smith, is now enrolled in the Bridge Program at SJSU in preparation for the upcoming season. Smith was offered and accepted earlier this month, but it turns out he wasn't the first Wildcat to make it San Jose State.

"I actually committed before Shane signed, so he didn't have any influence on my decision," Almonetti said.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Almonetti said he's now being slated for the defensive end position, but after a red-shirt year expects to be moved to the offensive line, he added.

There's still a long ways to go until the first Wednesday in February, which is National Signing Day, and at this point Almonetti said SJSU is his only offer. However, he has no plans to change his mind.

"I'm solid to San Jose State," he said. "I may have thought about other schools if they had offered earlier, but I'm now set. Even if one of the bigger schools offered I'll let them know I'm a Spartan."

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