When San Jose State landed the commitment of Frank Ginda, they soon had big plans for the incoming freshman. The staff asked Ginda to enroll early because they expected him to have a role in the defense as a true freshman. Although the possibility to earn early playing time is often pitched in recruiting, Ginda stepped up in the spring and earned second and first team reps right away.
The Spartans put the full court press on Ginda just before he came in midyear. Coach Caragher, Rolin and Staab all came on an in-home visit. The Spartans then had star linebacker Christian Tago host his official visit at SJSU. Now the two are working closely together on the defense.
Ginda also had an offer from Air Force. He had discussions with Nevada, but the Wolf Pack suddenly went silent. Boise State, Fresno State and Cal all showed interest as well but did not offer. It appears Ginda will be a presence in the Mountain West for the next four years.
If spring ball is any indication, Ginda will play and play a lot this year. San Jose State had one of its best recruiting classes in school history in 2015, but not many of the newcomers are expected to have a role with a team full of upperclassmen returners. Ginda is likely to be the most active true freshman on the team and a surprisingly big pickup as a recruit who was ranked only two stars out of Pacheco High School.
Prediction: Ginda starts for the Spartans in 2015 or at least has a big role as a reserve on defense. A combination of Tago and Ginda shape up to be part of a talented linebacking group.