Tivao Leaves Cal without Offer

Cerritos (Calif.) College defensive tackle Johnny Tivao took an official visit to California this weekend. The JUCO standout says he enjoyed his trip but did not receive an offer from his college front-runner…

Johnny Tivao (6-0, 330) is a two-time first team all-conference selection. The standout was a preseason second team JC All-American selection and finished the year with 47 tackles, 10 tackles for loss – including a .5 sack –, and three quarterback hurries. He helped lead Falcons to a 7-4 record, which ended with a 38-33 loss to Palomar College in the Golden Empire Bowl

Tivao took an official visit to California this weekend. He came on the trip without an official offer, and left on Sunday without one.

"It was good. I had fun," Tivao said about his trip to Berkeley.

"No, they didn't offer. They are taking a closer look at my transcripts [before they offer]."

Cal is his early favorite, and he had been looking forward to his visit. Tivao was boarding his plane home when we caught up with him. We will have a full recap of his trip later.

Despite double-teams on every play, Tivao recorded 38 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack, and four quarterback hurries in 2007. He also is a capable blocker in short-yardage situations near the goal line.

Tivao was a three-time 1st Team All-San Gabriel Valley League selection on defense, while he earned all-league recognition as an offensive lineman his junior and senior years at Paramount (Calif.) High School. He was voted his team's Defensive Lineman of the Year as a senior after being named to the Long Beach Press Telegram Dream Team as a junior.

He recorded 80 tackles, seven sacks, five forced fumbles, and scored three touchdowns as a senior. He finished with 69 tackles, eight sacks and scored three touchdowns during his junior campaign. As a sophomore, he recorded 84 tackles and nine quarterback sacks.

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