Grandy made the commitment to stay in the Bay Area and be a Spartan last week with the school’s location and coaching staff playing the biggest factors in his decision.
“It’s close to home,” Grandy said. “It’s about 20 minutes away. Staying close was a big decision so I can stay close to family and friends. The coaching staff - I really, really get along with them and like them. I think they’re excited to have me. It’s an overall good fit.”
When San Jose State offensive line coach Adam Stenavich made his regular call to the recruit - Grandy knew his decision was made, but Stenavich was in for a welcomed surprise.
“I check in with the O-Line coach about once a week,” Grandy said. “I talked to him and said I’ve been talking to my family a lot and I want to be a Spartan. I don’t think they were expecting it, but he was excited. I talked to coach Caragher later that night and confirmed. He congratulated me.”
Within 48 hours, Grandy was in Spartan Stadium on an unofficial visit at the Spartans’ game versus San Diego State. It was all smiles down on the field for the pre-game, but the 30-7 outcome in favor of SDSU wasn’t quite the celebration he surely would have liked.
“I was on the field for the first part and it was cool seeing on the players on the field and how they warm up,” Grandy said. “It’s exciting because it’s always been my dream to play college football and now I have the opportunity to… I liked how the players all looked like they enjoyed it. The coaches were good. I liked the facilities. The jerseys are cool. They have a good vibe.
“We saw the weight room and the locker room. The weight room is nice, it’s really big so a lot of people can be in there and get stuff done. The equipment they get is cool, I’m excited about that.”
He has not set up an official visit with SJSU yet, but plans to make a trip to San Jose State as his only official visit.
Grandy landed offers from Idaho and San Jose State over the summer and his recruitment was picking up speed rapidly with Arizona, Oregon and Oregon State coming into the picture. An injury setback would lead to an earlier decision than expected, however.
“I hurt my knee at the beginning of the season and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to play the rest of the season,” Grandy said. “They wanted film from this year so I couldn’t really give them that... I thought this was a good time to make the decision and get that squared away so I don’t have to worry about it anymore.”
At 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, the Spartans plan to bring Grandy in as a left tackle. He is playing in a pro-style offense in high school this year and expects a smooth transition with what the Spartans like to do. Grandy was playing both ways in high school, doubling as a defensive tackle at Palo Alto High School.