Tyler Ostrom of Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure got an inside look at how the new-look San Jose State offensive line will operate under the new coaching regime – and came home knowing that the Spartans want him to be a part of their plans.
The Class of 2018 offensive lineman received his newest scholarship offer from San Jose State on April 14 – making it the second overall offer for Ostrom and his first from a Football Bowl Subdivision school. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Ostrom told Scout that new offensive line coach Joe Bernardi gave him inside access to a recent Spartans practice, which intrigued Ostrom about the Silicon Valley university.
“I watched their final spring practice before the Spring Game. I had the opportunity to meet with Coach Bernardi and witness the O-line go over their practice film,” Ostrom described to Scout. “It was a great experience seeing Bernardi's coaching first hand and then to go watch them on the field after. I got to walk around the facilities and I got a nice campus tour…and everyone I met was extremely welcoming and friendly. It was a great family atmosphere.”
Ostrom added that after the linemen broke down their film, he met with Bernardi in his football office - where his latest offer was extended. He also spoke with new head coach Brent Brennan and came away convinced that the Spartans are moving in the right direction.
“They told me that they were looking for tough, reliable players who loved the game and could get it done in the classroom. The more he described their line the more I thought I'd be a great fit,” Ostrom said. “I like that their staff is mostly young coaches, which allows for more of a connection between the players and the coaches because the coaches are able to understand the players better. I also believe that despite their young age, the new staff is very capable of getting their job done and I trust the program.”
Ostrom, who holds a 3.57 unweighted grade point average and has a Cornell offer in his possession, concludes that he’s expecting SJSU to stop by St. Bonaventure during the NCAA Spring Evaluation Period, which commenced on April 17.