Rocky Mountain Prospect Getting Attention

Colorado is home to a talented LDS Samoan football player who was one of only two juniors named to Colorado's 4-A All-State First Team. This dual threat prospect talked with TBS about his accomplishments on the field and in the weight room and about where he may end up in college.

Green Mountain High School in Lakewood, Colorado might not be a very big school, but there is one two-way prospect in Zac Pauga that plays big enough to receive letters of interest from major programs early on.

"I'm 6'2", 215 pounds and my last recorded forty was a 4.7," Pauga said. "I've received letters from CSU, CU, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Iowa State and Illinois."

Heading into his senior year, Pauga is working out and preparing himself for his final season of high school football by being diligent in the weight room.

"I work out all the time," Pauga said. "I bench 280 and I haven't maxed in my squat in a long time, but I think around 415 and I power clean around 265. I think my vertical is, well, I haven't done that in a long time, but it was 28 inches the last time I did. Yeah, I can dunk a basketball but I don't play. I did some wrestling this year."

TBS has learned that BYU has recently jumped into the picture, and for the Pauga family this is pretty exciting.

"My dad is really interested in me going there," Pauga continued. "He wants me to go to a place where the church is. I would be pretty happy about that if BYU started recruiting me.

"I watch BYU when their games are on. I'd be happy if BYU recruited me. I think I would fit in well there with the people if I went there. The people have the same ideals and goals as I do."

In college Pauga is projected as a possible linebacker or be a tight end prospect, but in high school he plays both running back and defensive end.

"I play both offense and defense," Pauga said. "I play running back and defensive end. I led my team in rushing with 884 yards rushing on 128 carries. I also led the team with 65 tackles, 40 solo and 25 assists. I led the league [Mountain Plains League] in sacks with 9. I was First Team All-State as a defensive end and I was First Team All-Conference as a running back."

Pauga also had 2 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries as a junior.

"He is an extremely talented athlete," said Green Mountain Head Coach Don McGatlin of Pauga. "If he continues to grow, he could be a force as a defensive end in college."

Although he currently holds a 3.1 core GPA, Pauga hasn't quite decided what he wants to major in at the college level

"I haven't really decided my major but I'm looking for a school with good academics," Pauga concluded.

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