Last week, we discussed the second recruiting class of Tony Sanchez's tenure at UNLV. Just based off of the top 3 recruits they got, I'd say they fared rather well, compared to some of the other teams in the MW. While I don't expect them to become a top team in the MW, let alone the West Division, they should do better than their 3-9 year last year.
San Jose State is another team that hasn't done all that well historically. Last year they were 6-7, including a bowl win over Georgia State. How they got into a bowl at 5-7, I don't know. They had one of the better RB in the league in Tyler Ervin, who is now with the Houston Texans. Let's take a look at who the Spartans picked up for the 2016 class.
A quick disclaimer, and I could be a giant dork, but I do not see a San Jose State page on Rivals.com, which seems crazy to me. I've searched for the last 5 minutes and can't find anything, so if any of you out there have that info, that'd be great. With that, this list will be based solely on Scout.com.
Montel Aaron, QB, Antelope, CA (Antelope) 6'3.5" 190lbs
Montel had some solid stats his senior year. He made 155 completions in 238 attempts (65.1%) for 2,474 yards, 29 TDs and 6 INTs. Nothing eye-popping, but solid. He also had 58 carries for 226 yards and 7 more TDs on the ground. He had offers from Hawaii, Nevada, NAU, Sac State, UNLV and Temple to go along with his Spartans offer. Watching his film, I notice a couple of things. He doesn't do anything flashy, he doesn't excel at any one thing, but he's good at just about everything you want from a QB. He avoids pressure, he's got good arm strength and accuracy, he can scramble, he's got a nice touch on the ball and he can make plays. Again, I don't know that he is exceptional at anything specifically, but I think SJSU nabbed a nice player in Montel.
Jaelen Lewis, OT, Antelope, CA (Antelope) 6'6" 270lbs
As an offensive lineman, a player won't get a bunch of stats to reference. On the defensive side of the ball, Jaelen had 32 total tackles, 5 TFL and 1.5 sacks. Not too shabby for an OL. He had offers from Fresno State, NAU, Idaho, SDSU, Sac State, USU, UNLV and Washington State. While he may be lacking in "stats" his highlights make up for them. Jaelen definitely takes care of business on the OL, easily occupying would-be tacklers on the defense. He will probably gain some weight quickly once on campus and will be a formidable force for the Spartans in the coming years. Unfortunately his senior tape was not on Hudl, but his junior tape was.
Adarrus Wilson, WR, Inglewood, CA (Morningside) 6'3" 190lbs
Adarrus has solid size coming out of high school and was a great contributor his senior year. He had 37 catches for 798 yards and 12 TDs. That's good for 21.6 yards per catch. He contributed nearly another 600 yards on special teams as well. He had offers from Hawaii, Navy and UNLV as well. At 6'3, he'll be a great target for whoever is the signal caller for the Spartans. He's got a great vertical and will go up for the ball, great top-end speed and solid hands. Great get for SJSU.
All in all, I'd say the Spartans fared fairly well in 2016. Definitely not as well as the did in 2015, but what can you do. Apologies on the late posting. Work has been crazy pants and it slipped my mind.
Next week, we wrap up this series by heading over the the islands and checking out Hawaii. GO BRONCOS!