Committed Over: Idaho
On Film: Mikey Grandy is one of the most physical offensive linemen you will see on film. Even with just having tape on his junior year, nearly every play ends with him knocking a defender down to the ground.
Grandy is quick on his feet which accents his long arms and tremendous upper body strength. Grandy is able to get out in space quickly and initiate contact first, knocking defenders down while still being an arm length apart.
Between his sophomore and junior seasons, Grandy shed a significant amount of weight and you can tell he is just as confident with his strength and power while gliding faster across the field.
Recruiting Impact: When San Jose State offered Mikey Grandy, he was on a projection to rise above the Spartans’ chances of keeping him in the Bay Area. After the offer last August, he went from two stars to three and had interest coming from Oregon and Arizona.
Before the Pac-12 schools jumped on him with offers, however, Grandy’s senior season was cut short when he tore his PCL and meniscus in the third game of the season. SJSU stayed in steady contact despite the injury.
“Once that happened the recruiting stuff slowed down and schools stopped communicating," Grandy said. "But San Jose State was still there so that was good. They asked me how I was doing and they were consistent with my check-ups… It was another reason why I chose San Jose State.”
Grandy had his surgery in January and the recovery process is estimated to take about five months. He should be close to being cleared for action when he reports to campus this summer.
It may be a bit of a gamble for SJSU, but the Spartans will have a steal if Grandy returns without any hiccups. It was likely he would have had Pac-12 offers by signing day if it were not for the injury. Malik Roberson was a similar pickup at running back last year and he panned out to contribute as a true freshman.
Grandy’s proximity to SJSU also played a role for the Spartans. Being close to home, Grandy attended multiple games, but he also happened to be coached by a former Spartan too. Former SJSU offensive lineman Fred Koloto had been coaching Grandy at Palo Alto High School
San Jose State has been in need of landing better prospects on the offensive and defensive lines to match the talent they’ve amassed at the skills positions. Grandy is one of three o-linemen coming in on scholarship in the 2016 class, with three-star Jaelen Lewis and two-star Adam Heigis. It is rare for true freshmen to come in on the OL and start right away, but if the Spartans need that, landing Lewis in the final days of the recruiting cycle gives Grandy time to fully recover - both are likely to be tackles.
SJSU Offensive Lines Coach Adam Stenavich was Grandy’s primary recruiter.
Quotable: “I think I’ll bring aggressiveness,” Grandy said. “Every offensive linemen, their goal is to pancake somebody and pancake as many people as you can. I think the style of offense that San Jose State runs will allow me to do that.”
Coach’s Comment: "Mikey is a big, physical and athletic offensive lineman," SJSU Head Coach Ron Caragher said. "We see Mikey playing tackle, but he has the ability to play all five O-line positions."
Final Thought: Had Grandy had a healthy senior season, he would have likely had Pac-12 offers, but the Spartans were smart to stay on him after his injury. He is one of the better OL recruits in recent SJSU recruiting history and could become an aggressive presence on the line sooner rather than later if he returns to full health.