San Jose State's football signing class for 2017 will be announced starting Wednesday, February 1.
Check sjsuspartans.com for morning updates. Live reports with host Justin Allegri and the Spartans coaching staff will be at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. (PT). Coach Brennan will summarize the day's activities at a 2:00 p.m. (PT) news conference that will be streamed live.
Friends of the San Jose State football program are invited to the annual National Letter-of-Intent signing party hosted by the Quarterback Club in The Event Center. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Mike Chisholm at (408) 924-1218 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10am - Signing Day Announcement
11am - Signing Day Announcement
2pm - Signing Day Press Conference
|Jerrell Alberty||RB||5-11||200||FR||Oakland, Calif./McClymonds HS|
|Sinjun Astani||DE||6-4||255||FR||Malibu, Calif./Loyola HS|
|Antwaun Ayres||WR||6-0||180||FR||West Covina, Calif./Northview HS|
|Johnny Balderas||DB||6-1||175||FR||Shafter, Calif./Liberty HS|
|Terrell Carter||QB||6-2||185||FR||San Diego, Calif./Madison HS|
|Jesse Chamberlain||OL||6-3||280||FR||Burbank, Calif./Burroughs HS|
|Jake Colman||OL||6-3||310||JR||Ventura, Calif/Ventura College|
|Brandon Ezell||DB||6-0||190||JR||Los Alamitos, Calif./Cerritos College|
|Jamaar Hardy||DL||6-3||260||FR||Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley HS|
|Christian Johnson||DE||6-6||260||FR||Olivehurst, Calif./Wheatland HS|
|Ryan Johnson||QB||6-4||190||FR||Hanford, Calif./Hanford HS|
|Austin Liles||WR||6-3||190||FR||Anaheim, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS|
|Tyler Nevens||RB||5-11||185||FR||Hacienda Heights, Calif./Los Altos HS|
|Justin Parcells||LB||5-11||215||SO||Cypress, Calif./Fullerton College|
|Tysyn Parker||LB||6-1||215||FR||Gardena, Calif./Serra HS|
|Jackson Parks||TE||6-3||235||FR||Agoura Hills, Calif./Chaminade HS|
|Brando Phillips||LB||6-3||240||JR||Valencia, Calif./Butte College|
|Jamal Scott||LB||6-2||230||JR||Anaheim, Calif./Fullerton College|
|Tyler Stevens||OG||6-4||285||FR||Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton HS|
|Rico Tolefree||LB||6-1||223||FR||Richmond, Calif./DeAnza HS|
|John Toussaint||DB||6-0||190||JR||Miami, Fla./Merced College|
|Trè Walker||WR||5-11||160||FR||Inglewood, Calif./Narbonne HS|
|Tre White||DB||6-0||175||FR||Benicia, Calif./De La Salle HS|
Meet The Players
One of the top running backs in Northern California the last two years, Jerrell is joining the Spartans this fall. In 2016, Alberty rushed 321 times for 1,857 yards and 22 touchdowns for McClymonds High (Coach Michael Peters) in Oakland, Calif., and helped his team win the California Division 5A state championship. He was a first-team all-city selection, an honorable mention All-Bay Area choice by the Bay Area Newsgroup and a San Francisco Chronicle honorable mention All-Metro pick as a senior. The 2015 Oakland Athletic League Most Valuable Player rushed for 1,914 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior. The two-sport letterwinner was a sprinter on the track and field team.
Athletic training and music are two of his present possibilities as an academic major. Jerrell enjoys listening to gospel and rhythm and blues music. He likes action and adventure movies. Jailbait, My All-American and Brotherly Love are three of his favorite films. He lists Kevin Hart, Mike Epps and John Cena as his favorite actors. Alberty participates in McClymonds' successful SPAAT (Student program for academic and athletic transitioning) program. Jerrell is an Oakland native.
A promising defensive end prospect, Sinjun is headed to San Jose State this fall. Astani played two seasons for Los Angeles' Loyola High (Coach Marvin Sanders). As a senior, he played in the defensive line and was used as a fullback in short yardage situations. During his junior season, he played defensive tackle and tight end.
Sinjun began his high school career at Saint John's Northwest Military Academy in Delafield, Wis. He was a tight end on the football team (Coaches Tim Vice & Gene Bailey) and was an honorable mention All-Midwest Classic Conference pick as a sophomore. Astani also played on the basketball squad and was a sprinter on the track and field team.
He would like to major in business administration. Astani is interested in real estate development and investment banking. His name, Sinjun, translates to St. John. One of his uncles, Tony Puopolo, was a defensive back for Tufts University in 1991. Sinjun is a member of the school's Short Film Club and the African American Student Association. A world traveler, he has been in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and African countries and to Australia. His favorite destination is the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. Sinjun is a Los Angeles native.
One of the most explosive pass receivers in California high football the last two seasons, Antwaun is joining the Spartans this fall as a wide receiver candidate. Ayres caught 109 passes for 2,274 yards and 28 touchdowns in his junior and senior seasons for Northview High in Covina, Calif. (Coach Marcel Perez). The two-time All-C.I.F. Southern Section selection led his team in tackles with 84 in 2015 and had nine interceptions the last two years. A dangerous return specialist, he returned three punts and three kickoffs each for touchdowns and averaged 31.9 yards on 11 punt returns and 41.75 yards on 12 kickoff returns.
Antwaun was the Valley Vista League Offensive Most Valuable Player as a senior and the league's Most Valuable Player as a junior. The three-sport letterwinner played on the basketball team as a junior and was a high jumper and long jumper on the track and field team. He began his high school career at Baldwin Park (Calif.) High (Coach Daniel Algattas) and played quarterback.
Ayres is undecided on a major. He enjoys reading Harry Potter novels and watching anime animations. Antwaun is a native of West Covina, Calif.
The 2016 Bakersfield Californian Player of the Year, Johnny is coming to San Jose State this fall as a defensive back candidate. Balderas (Ball-dare-us) completed a two-year career at Liberty High (Coach Bryan Nixon) in Bakersfield, Calif., as an all-purpose player on offense, defense and as a return specialist.
In 25 games, he intercepted 10 passes, was credited with 22 pass break-ups, 70 tackles and 5.0 tackles for loss. As a wide receiver, he caught 51 passes for 955 yards and 11 touchdowns. In his senior season, three of his 12 kickoff returns were for touchdowns as part of his 44.6 yards per return average. For his career at Liberty High, the two-time BakersfieldNow.com Special Teams Player of the Year averaged 39.1 yards per kickoff return on 22 kickoff returns. The two-sport letterwinner also was a sprinter and long jumper on the track and field team as a junior. Balderas began his high school career at Shafter High. He played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back during his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Johnny is considering a major in communication studies or business administration. He is intrigued about the possibility of managing an Italian restaurant. He enjoys sketching and watching action movies. "When The Game Stands Tall," "Fast & Furious," and "Django Unchained" are three of his favorite films. Denzel Washington and Will Smith are two of his favorite actors. Johnny is a native of Bakersfield, California.
After passing for 4,629 yards and 55 touchdowns in his two seasons as a starter, Terrell is joining the Spartans as a quarterback candidate this fall. Carter completed 60.0 percent of his passes with just eight interceptions for the 2016 California State Division 2AA champion Madison High team (Coach Rick Jackson) of San Diego. A capable runner out of the quarterback position, he had 76 carries for 559 yards and eight touchdowns the last two seasons.
The two-time first-team All-Western League pick was a two-time All-C.I.F. San Diego Section honoree. He concluded his high school football career playing in the 2016 San Diego vs. Inland Empire All-Star Game at San Diego Mesa College. The two-sport letterwinner averaged 11.8 points per game for the Madison High boys' basketball team as a junior.
Presently, Terrell is undecided on a major. He lists "Friday" as his favorite movie. Terrell is a native of San Diego.
The 2016 Pacific League Offensive Lineman of the Year, Jesse is heading to San Jose State this fall as an offensive line candidate. Burroughs specialized in playing left tackle on offense for Burroughs High (Coach Mike Reily) the last three seasons. He was named to the Los Angeles Daily News' all-area team as a senior and was a C.I.F. Southern Section honoree as a junior. The two-sport letterwinner lettered in volleyball as a freshman and a sophomore.
Jesse is interested in majoring in art or art design. He would like to work for an architectural design company. Chamberlain enjoys pencil sketching nature scenes in his free time. His grandfather, Al Chamberlain, was a tight end for Pomona College (now Pomona-Pitzer College) of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Max Chamberlain, his older brother, is a sophomore middle blocker for the 2017 Pepperdine men's volleyball team. Jesse is a native of Los Angeles.
A 2016 first-team California Community College All-America, Jake joins the San Jose State for 2017 spring practice as an offensive line prospect. Colman played two seasons for Ventura College (Coach Steve Mooshagian) and was a first-team All-Northern Conference National Division each season.
The three-year starter for Buena High (Coach Tim Gutierrez) in Ventura, Calif., was a left tackle at the high school level. He was a second team All-Channel League player as a sophomore and a first-team pick his junior and senior seasons. Colman concluded his high school career playing in the 2015 Ventura County High School All-Star Game.
Jake plans to major in justice studies. He wants to pursue a master's degree and eventually teach and coach at the community college level. He enjoys playing golf and deep sea and fresh water fishing. His older brother, Dylan Colman, was an outfielder for the 2016 Dakota State University baseball team. Jake is a native of Ventura, Calif.
A 2016 first-team All-Northern Conference honoree, Brandon is heading to San Jose State this fall as a defensive back candidate. Ezell (E-zell) played 16 games for Cerritos College (Coach Frank Mazzotta) and was credited with 37 tackles, seven pass break-ups, and three pass interceptions.
The two-sport letterwinner from Los Alamitos (Calif.) High turned his attention to football (Coach John Barnes) his senior year after two seasons as one of the school's top lacrosse players. Ezell was named his team's Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and a senior.
Brandon plans to major in business with a management concentration. He would like to become a hedge fund investor. His favorite movies include "Southpaw," "American Sniper," "Step Brothers" and "Wolf of Wall Street." Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are two of his favorite actors. Brandon is a native of Torrance, Calif.
A 2016 San Francisco Chronicle honorable mention All-Metro selection, Jamaar will join the Spartans this all as a defensive line prospect. In his first full season playing defense, Hardy was credited with 34 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 quarterback sacks in 2016 for Deer Valley High (Coach Robert Hubbard) in Antioch, Calif. He received his team's Lineman of the Year Award for his versatility in the defensive and offensive lines. As a junior, he played only three games on defense before playing either guard or tackle full time on offense. He concluded his high school football career playing in the 2017 Paradise Football Classic II in Honolulu. The two-sport letterwinner played on the Deer Valley boys' basketball team as a junior.
Jamaar is thinking about majoring in psychology. He would like to become a high school counselor. Jamaar is a native of San Jose.
A first-team All-Butte League selection as a senior, Christian is heading to San Jose State this fall as a defensive end prospect. In his 15 games the last two seasons for Wheatland (Calif.) High (Coach Michael Van Dyke), Johnson was credited with 121 tackles, 7.0 quarterback sacks and 12.0 tackles for loss. As a senior, he also forced three fumbles. He also saw action on offense as a tight end and had 11 receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown for Wheatland. The two-sport letterwinner also was a center on the basketball team.
He plans to focus on a special education curriculum. Johnson would like to become a special needs teacher. Some of his favorite movies include "Friday Night Lights," "Gridiron Gang" and "Dog Pound." Christian is a native of Olivehurst, Calif.
The quarterback for the 2015 California State Division 4-AA High School champion Hanford (Calif.) High football team (Coach Josh Young), Ryan is joining the Spartans this fall. In his three seasons as a starting quarterback, Hanford High had a 26-3 win-loss record. Johnson completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 4,955 yards and 54 touchdowns and ran for 1,282 yards and 23 scores during his high school career. As a junior, he also was the team's punter. Ryan was named the 2015 Fresno Bee Player of the Year, the West Yosemite League Offensive Player of the Year, and to CalHi Sports' junior class all-state second-team. The two-sport letterwinner also was an all-league and All-Kings County basketball player.
Presently, he is undecided on an academic major. Brooke Johnson, his older sister, is in her third season as a member of the UNLV women's basketball team. Ryan is a native of Hanford, Calif.
A football (Coach Chuck Petersen) and basketball letterwinner and team captain in both sports for Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High, Austin is joining the Spartans this fall as a wide receiver candidate. In his 20 games for the Lancers, he caught 59 passes for 1,102 yards and eight touchdowns. His best season was as a junior when he caught 34 passes for 828 yards and six touchdowns to earn first-team All-Trinity League honors. Liles also played defensive back and was one of the team's long snappers his junior and senior seasons.
Liles plans to major in business and would like to own his own business. He is active in his school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter and holds a black belt in karate. Austin is a native of Newport Beach, Calif.
One of the most prolific and productive California high school players with 81 touchdowns the last three seasons, Tyler is coming to San Jose State this fall as a running back candidate. Nevens rushed for 2,533 yards and 40 touchdowns in 2016 for Los Altos High (Coach Dale Ziola). Eighth in the state in rushing yards, he was a CalHiSports first-team all-state selection for medium-sized schools, the Hacienda League's and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune's All-Area Player of the Year and an All-C.I.F. honoree as a senior.
In his three varsity seasons, Tyler had 712 carries for 5,776 yards and 76 touchdowns. He caught 39 passes for 571 yards and three touchdowns and returned 33 kickoffs for 1,072 yards, a 32.5 yard average and two touchdowns. As a junior, he was the Hacienda League's Most Valuable Player and an All-C.I.F. Southern Section choice. He was named to CalHiSports.com's all-state team for sophomores after the 2014 season. Tyler credits his durability to running a mile every day somewhere regardless of the location and conditions.
The two-sport athlete was a sprinter on the track and field team. He won the 100 and 200 meter dashes at the 2015 Hacienda League championship meet and qualified for the C.I.F. Southern Section Division II meet in the 100 meters as a sophomore.
Tyler would like to major in computer engineering. Nevens would like to work in video game development. He enjoys listening to rap & hip hop. J Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Logic are three of his favorite performers. His uncle John Nevens was a defensive tackle and linebacker for the 1981 through 1984 Cal State Fullerton teams that played professionally in 1985 for the Denver Gold of the United States Football League (USFL). Tyler is a Los Angeles native.
A 2016 first-team California Community College All-America, Justin is a linebacker candidate enrolling for the 2017 spring semester. Transferring from 2016 California Community College champion Fullerton College (Coach Tim Byrnes), Parcells has three seasons of major college eligibility available. The Southern California Football Association's Defensive Player of the Year ranked second in the Northern Conference Central and tops on his team with 71 tackles. Parcells was credited with 11.0 tackles for loss and was third on his team with 7.5 quarterback sacks. He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and blocked a kick in his one community college season.
A two-sport letterwinner at Servite High in Anaheim, Calif., Parcells was a linebacker in football (Coach A.J. Gass) and was on the wrestling team as a sophomore. The 2013 first-team All-Trinity League player was credited with 144 tackles 12.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 quarterback sacks, two fumble recoveries and a pass interception in two varsity seasons. Parcells completed his high school football career playing in the North-South Orange County and the Orange County vs. Inland Empire all-star games. He competed in the 160-pound weight class in wrestling and qualified for the 2013 California Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F.) Southern Section championships.
Justin plans to major in sociology. He is interested in coaching and teaching at the community college level. Parcells enjoys playing golf and fishing. He claims his biggest catch was a 50-pound tuna off the Long Beach coast. He is a distant cousin of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells.
A three-time first-team All-Mission League honoree for Serra High of Gardena, Calif. (Coach Scott Altenberg), Tysyn is heading to San Jose State this fall as a linebacker candidate. Parker was credited with 219 tackles, 20.0 tackles for loss and 9.5 quarterback sacks in his three all-league seasons. He also recovered six fumbles, forced two and came up three pass interceptions. Tysyn was a team captain and named his team's Defensive Player of the Year his senior season, chosen as his team's Special Teams Player of the Year as a junior and picked as Rookie of the Year as a sophomore.
Tysyn plans to major in criminal justice. He would like to work for the F.B.I. An honor roll student at Serra High, Parker is in his third year participating in the school's Student Ambassadors program. One of his cousins is Chris Moton who played defensive back and linebacker for Washington State during the 1987 through 1990 seasons. Tysyn is a Los Angeles native.
A football (Coach Ed Croson) and track and field letterwinner at Chaminade High in West Hills, Calif., Jackson is the one tight end candidate joining the Spartans this fall. Parks was an honorable mention all-league player as a senior averaging 16.9 yards per reception. He was a hurdler and a high jumper on the Chaminade track and field team.
Jackson plans to major in communication studies. He would like to become a television football analyst. Parks enjoys watching horror movies. Denzel Washington is his favorite actor. He enjoys listening to the music of Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Bryson Tiller. Jackson is a native of Thousand Oaks, Calif.
A first-team All-NorCal League defensive lineman, Brando is projected either as a defensive end or linebacker candidate joining the San Jose State program this spring. Phillips will be available to participate in 2017 spring practice. Last season at Butte College (Coach Jeff Jordan), Phillips was second on his team and tied for eighth in the conference with 10.0 tackles for loss. His 4.0 quarterback sacks also were second on the Butte squad and tied for sixth in the NorCal Conference. He forced a fumble and was credited with 29 tackles.
The graduate of West Ranch High in Valencia, Calif. (Coach Jon Miller) played his first season of organized football in 2014 and was a first-team All-Foothill League selection. He was credited with 55 tackles and led his team with 20.0 tackles for loss and 14.5 quarterback sacks. Singlehandedly, he accounted for more than half of his team's 28.0 quarterback sacks in 2014.
Brando plans to major in psychology with a philosophy minor. He enjoys bowling and hiking. Phillips' family is entrenched in the performing arts. His dad, Ken Phillips, and older sister, Cheyenne Phillips, have movie credits listed on imdb.com. Named after legendary actor and Academy Award winner, Marlon Brando, he remembers appearing in a non-speaking role as a youngster in a television commercial for a major grape juice brand. Brando is a native of Los Angeles.
A 2016 first-team all-state selection for Fullerton College (Coach Tim Byrnes), Jamal is a linebacker hopeful enrolled at San Jose State for the 2017 spring semester. Scott was in on 49 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks in his one season with Fullerton College. He began his college career at a 2014 redshirt at Arizona State. Scott did not see any game action in 2015 as a redshirt freshman.
The graduate of Magnolia High in Anaheim, Calif., lettered in football (Coach Ryan Olson) and track and field. As a high school senior, Scout.com, 24-7 Sports and ESPN.com ranked him among the top high school prospects. ESPN listed him as the #90-athlete in the nation. 24-7 Sports had Scott as its #62 best safety prospect. Scout.com ranked him as the fifth-best safety recruit nationally. He was a three-time first-team All-Orange League choice. As a senior, he also was a first-team all-county and an All-C.I.F. Southern Section choice. Scott concluded his career playing in the 2014 BMW West Coast Bowl all-star game. He was a sprinter on the track and field team.
Jamal plans to major in justice studies. He is interested in pursuing a career as a police investigator. "Split," "Friday After Next," and "Interstellar Kappa" are among his favorite movies. He lists Denzel Washington and Will Smith as his favorite actors. Jamal is a native of Anaheim, Calif.
A second-team 6A Premier League honoree, Tyler is an offensive guard joining the Spartans this fall. Stevens played guard, center and tackle during his last two seasons at Hamilton High (Coach Steve Belles) in Chandler, Ariz. The two-sport letterwinner also threw the shot put, discus and javelin for the Hamilton High track and field team in 2016.
Tyler is considering majoring in business or kinesiology. His older brother, Connor Stevens, is a pole vaulter for the Air Force track and field team. His dad, John Stevens, played college football for Long Beach State. Tyler enjoys fishing and plays the piano and clarinet. He began taking piano lessons when he was eight and clarinet lessons at age 12. Stevens has a preference for the clarinet. Tyler is a native of Chandler, Ariz.
A two-time, first-team All-Tri County Athletic League pick, Rico will join the Spartans in the fall as a linebacker candidate. During his three varsity seasons at DeAnza High (Coach Tyree Reed) in El Sobrante, Calif., Tolefree (pronounced Toll-free) played linebacker, tight end, wide receiver and running back. He also was used as a long snapper in one game his senior season. The two-sport letterwinner played on the basketball team as a sophomore.
Blessed with a rich baritone voice, Rico would like to focus on a broadcasting career. An honor roll student, he belongs to the DeAnza chess club and is a member of the Black Student Union. He enjoys writing poetry and rap lyrics. Tolefree likes action movies and lists "Friday Night Lights," "When the Game Stands Tall" and the "Batman" series as his favorites. His dad, Eldridge Tolefree is a Bay Area blues singer known as "Big Cat" Tolefree and has served as a back-up vocalist for Ray Charles, Gladys Knight and Luther Vandross. Rico is a native of Berkeley, Calif.
A first-team All-Golden Coast Conference selection last year, John is headed to San Jose State this fall as a defensive back prospect. Toussaint played his sophomore season for Merced College (Coach Bob Casey) and led the team with 11 pass break-ups in 11 games. He intercepted two passes and was fourth on the team with 40 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. Toussaint spent his freshman season at West Hills College (Coach Cam Olson).
John played his high school football for Northwestern High in Miami, Fla. (Coaches Eddie Brown and Stephen Field). He was an honorable mention All-Dade County choice as a senior and was invited to play in the 17th annual Miami-Dade North-South All-Star Game.
As his family's first with the opportunity to attend a four-year college or university, Toussaint plans to major in business administration. He would like to manage a barbershop or hair salon. He enjoys watching comedy and action movies. "Friday," "Rush Hour," and "Paid In Full" are three of his favorites. John is a native of Miami, Fla.
The 2016 Los Angeles City Division I Offensive Player of the Year, Trè is a wide receiver prospect enrolling at San Jose State this fall. Walker had a breakout season as a senior for Los Angeles' Narbonne High (Coach Manuel Douglas) with 77 receptions for 1,290 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also was named the Marine League Co-Offensive Player of the Year and was a first-team all-area selection by the Torrance (Calif.) Daily Breeze. In his three varsity seasons, he caught 114 passes for 1,841 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also served as one of the team's punt returners and returned 44 punts for 367 yards in three seasons.
Trè is another Spartan newcomer interested in a broadcasting career. Walker lists Stephen A. Smith, Troy Aikman and Mark Jackson among his favorite sports broadcasting personalities. He likes listening to hip hop and enjoys bowling. One of his first cousins Antwan Giddens was a wide receiver for the 2004 through 2007 University of Cincinnati football teams. Trè is a native of Compton, Calif.
Ranked #23 among cornerbacks in California by Scout.com, Tre is rated as a three-star player by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com heading to San Jose State this fall as a defensive back prospect. White had five interceptions total in his junior and senior seasons for De La Salle High in Concord, Calif. (Coach Justin Alumbaugh). The two-time first-team All-East Bay Athletic League was a San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro second-team selection as a senior and an honorable mention pick as a junior. The two-sport letterwinner also was a sprinter on the track and field team as a sophomore.
Presently, Tre is undecided on an academic major. His older brother, Andrew (Drew) White, was a defensive back for Gardner-Webb University during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. His cousin, Nate Kenyon, was a defensive back on the 2005 and 2006 UNLV football teams. White enjoys listening to music by Drake. Tre is a native of Benicia, Calif.