Five of the 13 newcomers are defensive line prospects, and Dick Tomey also signed Two quarterbacks (Look for a replacement at QB possibly this spring).
Three running backs, an offensive tackle, linebacker and tight end round out the first group of signees for SJS.
Dick Tomey was quoted at www.SJSUspartans.com with the following:
"This was a two-week recruiting effort. Given that, the results are good. We're not concerned with a high number of signees. We're concerned with quality and filling the needs we have. There's still a long list of players who are surfacing now that the signing period has begun. We're not compromising what we are looking for just to sign prospective student-athletes," says Tomey, who brings 24 seasons of NCAA Division I head coaching experience to San Jose State's 2005 recruiting class.
"We're excited to add student-athletes who have ‘position-flexibility,' are serious about their education and are highly competitive," says the Spartans' coach who expects to announce additional signing during the Letter-of-Intent period.
And now the new signees!
Among the defensive linemen are 2004 JC GridWire second-team All-American tackle Freddy McCutcheon (6-2, 295, JR) from El Camino College and Bernard Afutiti (6-0, 225, FR) from Kaiser High School in Fontana, Calif. McCutcheon was a part-time starter his freshman season at San Diego State University.
Afutiti, a two-time CalHi Sports all-state selection, was rated #65 nationally as an outside linebacker by rivals.com.
Shane Lapka (6-2, 280, JR) from Fullerton College, Chris Perri (6-3, 235, FR) from Bishop O'Dowd High School in Alameda, Calif., and Justin Cole (6-3, 210, FR) from Chino Hills (Calif.) High School are the other defensive linemen.
Offensive tackle hopeful Keith Jackson (6-5, 320, JR) from El Camino College, has previous NCAA Division I-A experience as a starter. Jackson was the starting left guard at the University of Arizona for seven games in 2003.
Quarterback, Kevin Brown (6-1, 195, JR) from Cerritos College, passed for 1,991 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2004.
Myles Eden (6-0, 195, FR) from Temescal Canyon High School in Canyon Lake, Calif., was the Southwestern League's "Most Valuable Player" who passed for 1,657 yards and 21 touchdowns. Eden also rushed for six touchdowns and 567 yards in 2004.
Running backs Al Guidry (6-1, 205, JR) from Fullerton College, Allan Webster (6-1, 235, JR) from Foothill College and Brandon Minor (5-7, 200, FR) of Centennial High School in Corona, Calif., enjoyed banner seasons carrying the football. Guidry scored 12 touchdowns and averaged 4.9 yards a carry last year. Webster was fifth among California Community College players in rushing last year with a 6.9 average, 1,380 yards and 13 touchdowns. Minor reached the end zone an astonishing 50 times and ran for 2,714 yards in 14 games in 2004.
Tight end Chris Petersen (6-6, 235, FR) from St. Mary's High School in Stockton, Calif., and linebacker John Smith (6-1, 218, FR) from DeAnza High School in Richmond, Calif., look to be nice picks for Tomey's new team.
"We've added some high school players with good size and potential," says Tomey.
"I credit our players and coaches. I thank the people on the San Jose State University campus and the San Jose community for helping us put together a class that can get us off on a good start and I think we've done that. We won't know how good this class is for a couple of years and neither will anybody else."
The National Letter-of-Intent period runs for the 2005 season runs through April 1st, and look for Tomey to sign on a few more before the dust settles.
Tomey thinks that some of the "best" players come late in the signing period.
The following gives some idea of how the recruiting classes stacked up, and how well coach Tomey actually did in his first recruiting year at SJS.
2005 Recruiting Class Rankings
SBC - WAC - MAC - CUSA - MWC
(As of Thursday, 2-3-05, 7 AM)
#54 = MWC - TCU (21 signed)
#56 = MWC - San Diego State (30 signed)
#59 = MWC - Utah (24 signed)
#61 = CUSA - Tulsa (22 signed)
#63 = MWC - BYU (16 signed)
#64 = WAC - Boise State (16 signed)
#69 = CUSA - UAB (27 signed)
#70 = SBC - Troy (32 signed)
#71 = CUSA - Central Florida (25 signed)
#72 = SBC - UL (Cajuns - 24 signed)
#72 = MWC - New Mexico (25 signed)
#74 = WAC - Fresno State (19 signed)
#75 = SBC - MTSU (25 signed)
#76 = MWC - Wyoming (19 signed)
#77 = CUSA - Marshall (19 signed)
#78 = CUSA - Southern Miss (23 signed)
#80 = CUSA - SMU (26 signed)
#81 = MWC - UNLV (29 signed)
#82 = MAC - Akron (24 signed)
#82 = MAC - Northern Illinois (25 signed)
#84 = CUSA - UTEP (30 signed)
#85 = SBC - ASU (22 of 27 recruits listed)
#85 = CUSA - Houston (26 signed)
#85 = CUSA - Memphis (31 signed)
#85 = MAC - Kent (23 signed)
#85 = MAC - Toledo (23 signed)
#91 = MAC - Western Michigan (25 signed)
#92 = WAC - Hawaii (18 signed)
#93 = SBC - UNT (24 signed)
#93 = WAC - Nevada (22 signed)
#93 = WAC - Louisiana Tech (24 signed)
#98 = CUSA - Rice (20 signed)
#99 = MWC - Colorado State (18 signed)
#100 = CUSA - Tulane (19 signed)
#100 = MAC - Ball State (21 signed)
#101 = SBC - UL (Indians - 33 signed)
#101 = MAC - Central Michigan (24 signed)
#101 = MAC - Eastern Michigan (23 signed)
#101 = MAC - Buffalo (27 signed)
#101 = MAC - Ohio (27 signed)
#101 = MAC - Bowling Green (26 signed)
#101 = MAC - Buffalo (27 signed)
#101 = CUSA - East Carolina (23 signed)
#101 = CUSA - Rice (20 signed)
#101 = WAC - Idaho (24 signed)
#101 = WAC - New Mexico State (22 signed)
#101 = WAC - Utah State (22 signed)
#113 = WAC - San Jose State (12 signed)
#114 = MAC - Miami (OH - 13 signed)
#115 = MWC - Air Force (12 signed)
SBC - FAU (transitional; not rated ??)
SBC - FIU (transitional; not rated ??)
Thanks to SJSU and Dick Tomey for the beginning of rebuilding this once proud program.
Cheers to Tomey, and Hail! Spartans!! HAIL!!!
(Credit SJSUspartans.com and the SJMN for portions of story content).