In week three, San Jose State watched in agony as former commit Seth Collins carried the Oregon State offense to a tune of 135 passing yards on 13 of 25 attempts and 114 rushing yards on 16 carries with three total touchdowns en route to a 35-21 Beaver victory.
Collins was weeks away from wearing Spartan gold and blue before he made the flip to Oregon State and it was only a few months later when the true freshman earned the starting quarterback gig for a Pac-12 program.
Going into last Saturday’s game, the Spartans faced the task of defending another former commit who had found instant success at their new school - Josiah Blandin.
Blandin had 9 receptions for 114 yards in his first three games as a Bulldog this season and had a touchdown in each appearance.
The 6-foot-4 receiver was contemplating his lone offer to San Jose State on signing day this past February, but had several schools waiting to see his transcripts. As a highly regarded recruit, SJSU accommodated his request to delay his decision.
“I could have signed on signing day, but I decided to hold out because a lot of schools were waiting for my grades to come out. I decided to hold out and San Jose State gave me an extra month,” Blandin said.
Blandin made his commitment to San Jose State exactly a month after signing day, but it wasn’t exactly under the same terms had it been if he signed in February
“By that time they had signed a lot of guys up there so they didn’t have up-front scholarships,” Blandin said. “So I was going to have to wait, kind of like a blueshirt deal.”
That was, until, Fresno State pursued the recruit. Within a month of his commitment to SJSU, he took in the Bulldogs’ spring game and quickly developed a relationship with the staff.
“Fresno State came in the picture late,” Blandin said. “San Jose State had kind of been with me the whole way. Coach Donte up there, he was a big part of my recruitment so I felt like it was best for me to go there and when I took my visit here everything just felt right as well. I decided to make this personal decision for me and it’s working out for the best.”
San Jose State made sure that the way his recruitment played out did not lead to any regrets on Saturday, however. In the opening quarter, Blandin was involved in a scuffle with the SJSU secondary. He appeared to be frustrated and he, nor the Bulldog offense, seemed to get going. Blandin finished with just two receptions for 15 yards.
Another player involved in the scuffle was Fresno State wide receiver Delvon Hardaway. He, too, was a former San Jose State commit. In his first game back for the Bulldogs coming off a spring injury, he failed to log a single catch against the SJSU secondary.
In Hardaway’s case, he wasn’t so much as flipped as he was reopening his recruitment after a coach Mike MacIntyre split to Colorado.
“With San Jose State, they were my first offer out of high school,” Hardaway said. “They came to a game when I was in high school. But then I went on my official visit and that Sunday when you meet with the coaches, I committed that Sunday and I asked the head coach if he planned on leaving and he said no. Then I get to school on Monday and I’m getting calls saying, ‘hey the coach left he’s went to Colorado.’ I also had a Colorado offer so I kind of weighed it out between the two of them, but once (the staff) got to Colorado they wanted to stay true and committed to the players they already had committed.
“So I stuck with San Jose, and then Fresno came along and I took a trip up here. I liked the campus, the offense, the coaching staff and everything. On signing day I chose Fresno State over San Jose State.”
One other Bulldog who was a former SJSU commit was another receiver, Jamire Jordan. He had committed to the Spartans in the summer of 2014, flipped to San Diego State and then decided on Fresno State by signing day. Jordan finished with 5 receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown and had an unusual rushing touchdown as well.
Could the 2015 Bulldog drubbing help the Spartans land an impact recruit over the Bulldogs for next season? At least one recruit who holds both offers, Jaelen Lewis, a 6-foot-6 lineman recruit, was in attendance.