SJSU football gets a defensive commitment!

Inside Sparta has learned that the San Jose State football team has accepted the pledge of a preferred walk-on candidate who will be enrolling and joining the team at the end of summer.

Linebacker Nick Grodotzke of Chaminade High School in West Hills, Calif., said that San Jose State was his top school after visiting with his mom during the recent spring practice. "I felt like this would be a great place to go to school and play football," he said after the visit.

A preferred walk-on is a player who is invited to join the team without a scholarship. Often, a scholarship is awarded at some point.

Grodotzke informed Inside Sparta this evening via email that he had, in fact, accepted an offer of a preferred walk-on to San Jose State, and will be joining for the 2009 season. "I am in to San Jose State right now as a perferred walk-on," Grodotzke said. "(Head) Coach (Dick) Tomey and (linebackers) Coach (Kent) Baer recently saw my tape for the first time and loved it."

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Grodotzke said he had to jump through some hoops to get to San Jose State. His original application to SJSU was deferred to Cal State East Bay in Hayward. After discussions with Nash and Eileen Daley, Assistant Athletic Director of Academics, Grodotzke became a Spartan. "Today I was accepted and I listed my intent to enroll in San Jose State," he said. "I am coming up early August for summer practices."

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