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Pacheco linebacker Ginda commits to San Jose State

Pacheco High running back Frank Ginda signals for a first down in the second quarter against Heritage High September 5 at Pacheco’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. Turns out Pacheco was a few yards short of the first down.
Pacheco High running back Frank Ginda signals for a first down in the second quarter against Heritage High September 5 at Pacheco’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. Turns out Pacheco was a few yards short of the first down. glieb@losbanosenterprise.com

Pacheco High School middle linebacker and running back Frank Ginda announced his verbal commitment to San Jose State University on Monday via Twitter.

Ginda led the Panthers in tackles through the first half of the season with 55 in his first five games (Pacheco coach David Snapp on Tuesday said he had not yet compiled defensive stats from the last two games), adding seven tackles for a loss, a sack and three fumbles caused on defense. Offensively, through Pacheco’s first seven games, he has added 32 carries for 350 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and 11 catches for 287 yards and two scores in the air.

Ginda said he made his decision after going to a pair of San Jose State games over the last month to check out the atmosphere.

“I really enjoyed it,” Ginda said. “They told me I had a good chance to start. That played a huge role. I hate sitting on the bench, first of all, and second, I want to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL.”

Ginda’s biggest assets, according to Snapp, are his speed and tenacity.

“You watch some of the film, and he’s all over – he arrives angry and with some physicality. I feel sorry for some of the guys,” Snapp said before the Panthers played Central Valley a few weeks back. “I was looking at some of our games, and he hit some guys that … wow. I don’t really see it in the game. Against Buhach he hit a kid on their sideline, and I didn’t really notice how hard he hit him. He put a whack on him.”

Ginda, who began the season at tight end, has slid once again to the tailback role after starter Kalama Kamoku re-injured his knee against Buhach Colony. A year ago, as a 6-foot-2, 227-pound junior, Ginda stepped in for Kamoku and became the young school’s first thousand-yard rusher, carrying 129 times for 1,116 yards, along with 80 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions, to help Pacheco to a 7-4 record – all with a cast on his right hand over the last three games after he suffered a spiral fracture in his wrist.

“For a kid that’s 6-1, 230 pounds or so, he’s really fast for the high school level,” Snapp said. “He’s just a complete student of the game. He’s got the natural instincts that most of the players at that level don’t have.”

Ginda said the Spartans are looking at him as a mike linebacker, playing in the middle.

“I’m hoping I fit in good in the scheme,” he said. “Hopefully I help them on the run stop, and get into the flat for some interceptions.”

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