San Jose State Spartans spent the final weekend before signing day trying to make their final pitch to a group of official visitors, but the Spartans managed to add one recruit to the class beforehand. Tight ends coach Dan Ferrigno visited tight end William "Billy" Humphreys at his high school on Thursday, and soon after, Humphreys was ready to be a Spartan.
Wyoming was SJSU’s primary competition.
“I got the in-home visit from (Wyoming Head Coach Craig) Bohl on Wednesday and Ferrigno came to my school Thursday,” Humphreys said. “I think I was already decided before that, but having the last little talk with Ferrigno kind of settled it. He talked to me about the differences about Wyoming and San Jose State and where I’d fit into the program for the next couple of years.”
Humphreys then concluded his decision on Friday, committing to San Jose State.
“I love the city that it’s in because it has a lot of internship opportunities,” Humphreys said. “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.
“A lot of stress is relieved. I’m really excited. Now I can just focus on training and getting bigger and faster. That way when I go up there for the spring game and get fitted for all my stuff they are impressed with me.”
At 6-foot-5 and 230-pounds, Humphreys caught the attention of college coaches with his potential as a receiving target. When SJSU star tight end Billy Freeman graduates after the 2016 season, the Spartans look to be locked and loaded with another Billy at tight end in the passing game.
“I’m a receiving tight end, so it’s a possibility that I’ll redshirt,” Freeman said. “By that time Billy Freeman will have graduated and I’ll have the ability to earn playing time if I do good.”