San Jose State signed six players listed at wide receiver by Scout.com in the 2015 class. Kanya Bell was dismissed from the team, Jeremy Kelly moved to safety and Colin Baker was lost for the season due to an injury in fall camp. That leaves Tae’on Mason, Bailey Gaither and Ray Surry. When the two-deep was recently released, Mason and Gaither made the list.
Of the six recruits, only Gaither and Surry were two-star recruits, the others being three or four stars. The San Jose State coaching staff had already targeted Paso Robles HS tight end Josh Oliver, but saw his teammate (Gaither) and wanted to bring in both players.
"I got offered by San Jose State midway through the football season and then I committed two days after I got the offer," Gaither said. "As soon as I got that offer, I knew they had already had some commits so I just decided to commit. My best friend (Oliver) is going there too."
"As soon as I got the offer, it was kind of a surreal feeling," Gaither said. "That I was committed to go to the same school. It's pretty awesome."
Gaither has quickly climbed up the depth chart with his play in fall camp. He proved it in his open scrimmage performance with two receptions on one drive. He showed good hands and the ability to get upfield quickly after the catch.
Gaither isn’t the only freshman receiver that could see some action this season, however. Tae’on Mason was the more highly regarded recruit, but listed behind two of the Spartans’ most dynamic receivers in Tyler Winston and Justin Holmes at his particular spot. Look for both Gaither and Mason to see the field this season and their roles expand throughout the year.
“(Gaither), and Tae’on for that matter, have been doing it about every day,” Borges said. “So we’ll see how that shakes out, we’ll see what our depth looks like and who is going to contribute at the end of the day.”
One of Gaither’s seven offers came from New Hampshire. On September third, we will see how much New Hampshire gets to see of him in a Spartan uniform.
Prediction: Gaither avoids a redshirt season in 2015 and sees a minor role in the offense as a true freshman. Gaither solidifies a spot with the second team by midseason and makes about 15 receptions on the season.