Sagapolu has impressive season opener

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei has one of the state's top defensive lines and one player we really like as an inside run stuffer is Olive Sagapolu.

Mater Dei had a dominant win over an always tough Corona (Calif.) Centennial team last weekend and one player we liked on both sides of the ball was Olive Sagapolu. At 6-2, 295 pounds, Sagapolu is a load in the middle of the defensive line and projects as an ideal nose guard at the next level.

After playing solely on the defensive side of the ball as a junior, Sagapolu was also starting at offensive guard and looked very good on that side of the ball as well. At nose guard, he's very strong, a physical player with solid technique and can take on a double team and still get a push.

"We played a good game, that was a nice win for us," Sagapolu said following the game. "We practiced hard all week to prepare for this one and it always feels good to start the season off right. Playing both ways was definitely a challenge for me but I'm up for it. Honestly, I had a blast out there, it was fun playing both sides but I'm being recruited strictly as a defensive tackle and that's where I've always played."

On the recruiting front, Sagapolu has three early offers on the table from Sacramento State, Washington State and Wisconsin.

"I'm hearing from all three of those schools along with Oregon and Vanderbilt," Sagapolu said. "I had a visit set to Washington State for (Oct. 3) but I have to reschedule it because we play St. John Bosco that weekend. We have a bye next weekend so I'll see if I can set up a trip then, otherwise it will have be to later in the year.

"I know I want to visit Washington State and Wisconsin but right now, I'm open to everyone. I want to play the season out and see who else wants to recruit me and then go from there. The biggest thing for me is finding a family atmosphere where I'll be comfortable. That's big for me, feeling that family aspect but like I said, I want to do some visits first and then make a decision."

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