William "Billy" Humphreys, 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end out of Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame HS, is closing in on a decision for his future college and San Jose State is one of two teams in the race.
“It’s split between San Jose State and Wyoming,” Humphreys said.
San Jose State was the first program to offer Humphreys last fall. He then officially visited SJSU in December. The Spartans have since added tight end Cameron Woodard, but want to bring Humphreys into the program too.
“It was a crazy experience getting offered in the first place because it’s been my dream to play D-I,” Humphreys said. “I love the city that it’s in because it has a lot of internship opportunities. That’s what I’m going to be going into, is business, so I really like that aspect.
“I love coach Ferrigno, the tight ends coach. I feel like he has a lot to offer me and he believes in my potential which I really like. My host was Josh Oliver and he was really cool, I loved hanging out with him. I had a great experience in San Jose, I loved everything about it.”
Wyoming’s offer came earlier this month, giving him another option to think about. He was uncertain about the idea of playing in Laramie, Wyoming, but an official visit to the school last weekend gave him a good impression.
“For Wyoming, I wasn’t too sure about it at first because it is so far away and the weather is not what I’m used to since I live in Malibu. When I got there, it wasn’t actually as cold as I thought it would be. The town is very small, which I’m not used to. So if I do go there, it will be a huge culture shock. They also don’t have a tight ends coach at the moment, so they are looking to have a graduate assistant.
“They have redone their whole business building and it’s state-of-the-art stuff, so that’s a plus. They’re also redoing their weight room, locker room, training center, nutrition center, so that’s going to be awesome. I love Coach Bohl, the head coach there. He’s very straightforward… and seems very organized. I like that a lot. Both schools had a lot of pluses. “
Coaches from the two schools will get their last chance to make their case for Humphreys before he makes his decision.
“I haven’t really had a chance to talk it over with my parents, so I’ll be doing that,” Humphreys said of his decision. “Coach Bohl (visited) me Wednesday and I think Ferrigno will be visiting me Thursday. So that will be my last insights on the two. I will be making a decision by the end of this week.”
For the school that earns Humphrey’s pledge, they will be getting a tight end with a big frame who will be an instant receiving target and is developing as a blocker.
“I’ve only been playing tight end for two years,” Humphreys said. “I was originally playing outside backer and defensive end. When I transferred to Notre Dame, they converted me to a tight end because of my size and what they saw in me.
"I’d say I’m balanced, but more on the receiving side. I have good routes, good hands. I’m fast, but I’m also physical because I have had time to play on defense which helped me with blocking. I’m pretty versatile and I have a big frame, so I have room to put weight on and carry it without losing speed.”