The San Jose State Spartans’ bowl victory marked the end of a four-year career for long snapper Ryan DiSalvo. It took SJSU Special Teams Coach Dan Ferrigno just over a month to find a potential replacement at the position. James Workman, long snapper from Renton (Wash.) Liberty High School, committed to the Spartans on Saturday.
“I came down to the school and I’ve been here (on a visit) for a couple days,” Workman said. “I really like the campus. I want to go into engineering. I really like the education here. I really like the football team as well. They seem like a good group of guys.”
As a preferred walk-on and true freshman in 2016, he’ll have the opportunity to earn the starting job in the fall.
“Their guy who has been snapping graduated last year so they needed to have a new snapper for this year,” Workman said. “They wanted to bring in another to see who would win the job. We’ll see how it goes.”
Workman’s path to college football started several years ago when he began attending special teams camps and teamed up with former San Jose State long snapper Matt Wigley.
“What I’ve been doing to try to get to college is about three years ago I started to go to camps for kickers, punters and long snappers through Rubio Long Snapping and Chris Sailer Kicking,” Workman said. “I’ve been going to those camps regularly as well as working with a coach, Matt Wigley, who has been coaching me for a while and he happened to go to San Jose State.”