Even though he was a longtime offensive line starter at high profile Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, Alex Losoya somehow blended into the crowd when it came to being evaluated by college coaches.
It took a change of scenery for Losoya, a 6-foot-4, 295 pound offensive guard, to finally be viewed as the stand out he always saw himself as.
Now, the freshman at Orange Coast College in nearby Costa Mesa, California, has scholarship offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Cal, Colorado, Louisville, San Diego State and Texas Tech. It won't take another year in junior college for Losoya to prove what he's capable of.
Losoya will be playing major college football in a matter of months as a late addition to someone's 2016 recruiting class with four years to play three seasons at the school.
"I'm blessed that I have so many opportunities to look at," Losoya said. "It took longer than I wanted it to but I feel good about it. It's overwhelming but at the same time it's a good stress to have.
"In high school I didn't really have the whole social media, Twitter part of recruiting. I started three years at Mater Dei and my film is very similar to how I play now. I played a lot of the best guys and went up against some of the best five stars they have and [did great against them]. But I didn't have the whole Twitter and didn't put my film out. Once I got to OCC I started posting my film and messaging coaches and film doesn't lie."
The Mater Dei coaching staff advocated for Losoya, he said, but for whatever reason his recruitment never gained any steam. Now when college coaches put in calls to Mater Dei they're prone to hearing things like, 'I told you so.'
"Right now I'm 295 (pounds)," Losoya said. "When I was in high school I was probably 285 or 290. I've grown a little taller but I'm still close to the same size. I haven't changed that much in a year. I have my high school senior film on my profile and it's not that different. It's just some schools offered and then people started paying attention and saw what I could do."
Colorado State offered a scholarship and Losoya took an official visit in January but wasn't ready to immediately enroll and transfer, which he said the staff wanted. Losoya is glad he didn't because Texas Tech and Arkansas offered a scholarship as soon as the April evaluation period got underway, and a handful of others followed suit not long thereafter, including the Sun Devils.
"My coaches were telling me that a Power 5 was going to offer me right when recruiting started up again and sure enough it happened and that was Texas Tech (in April)," he said. "And then I got an offer from Missouri and then Arkansas and then I guess it got pretty much blown up from there."
Losoya has two official visits left, having already tripped to Arkansas and Texas Tech in recent weeks. He's going to Auburn this weekend and will conclude his recruiting trips with ASU on May 13 weekend.
"The style of football they run at ASU is very similar to what I'm good at and they pull a lot of people, they use guard and tackle pulls, screens," Losoya said. "I like getting after it, I like putting my hand in the dirt. That's kind of the philosophy they have. The opportunity to come in and play is very good. They have very good academics, like they are up there, maybe No. 3 in graduation rate in the Pac-12.
"I like (offensive line) coach (Chris) Thomsen. He came out and watched my whole practice and so did (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks) coach (Chip) Lindsey. The day I got my offer (April 26) they were at my whole practice and watched me move around and stuff. I felt that was cool they came out and wanted to see me. Around the same time Arkansas offered me they wanted me to come up, take a visit around that time. They have their own policy with recruiting and offers. They really want to come out and see before they make anything official which is good. They don't want to offer and then you come out and they say, 'this wasn't really what we were looking for.' So that makes sense."
With Losoya interested in enrolling in summer school and participating in the conditioning program wherever he elects to commit, his recruitment should be wrapping up pretty quickly.
"I think that every offer is just a blessing and you don't just say no but I'm looking to commit soon," he said. "Honestly I'll probably commit in the next two weeks, like after I visit ASU which will be my last visit."
Losoya didn't mince words when asked about what type of player his new school will be getting.
"I'm a striker, I finish blocks and play with a chip on my shoulder," he said. "I don't know if you can put this in there but I don't take [anything] from anyone. You're not going to win, that's my whole thing."