Roberto Loya Learning Southern Rivalries

Coffee County (GA) offensive lineman Roberto Loya is beginning to learn about the in-state rivalry between Georgia and Georgia Tech. Originally from Southern California, Loya made the trip to one of those in-state schools when he traveled to Atlanta for Georgia Tech's line camp.

The 6'5"-305 Roberto Loya felt that he got off to a slow start at the Georgia Tech camp but performed well in the afternoon and evening sessions. "As the day went along and the instructions from Coach (Todd) Spencer and Coach (Mike) Sewak started settling in, I did really well." Loya won all three of his matchups in the one on one drills. "The coaches said I improved a lot over the course of the day."

Loya felt he really benefited from the coaching of Spencer and Sewak. "They both definitely made me a better player with their instructions and coaching," said Loya. "They teach a bit different than most coaches with their power blocking scheme already in your stance. You can really come after the defensive player with the way they coach you."

Roberto is being recruited by Coach (Lamar) Owens. "He said he feels the staff is leaning towards making an offer to me." Loya currently has three offers from Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, and Middle Tennessee.

Loya was unable to stay for the second day of the camp due to prior commitments. "I know I would really like the second day of camp because I know they will be putting on the pads and going after one another."

With the Georgia Tech camp over, Loya will be traveling to other camps this month. "I'm heading over to Clemson on the 10th, Georgia on the 12th and finally to Auburn on the 17th."

When choosing a school, Loya will be looking for a good education but that won't be the only factor. "Hopefully I'll have a chance to play as soon as possible and I'll be looking for a school where I feel at home." Staying in-state is not a priority for Loya. "It isn't a priority but I'd love to be able to do so," said Loya. "Georgia Tech and Georgia would be great places to play."

Growing up in Southern California, Loya has not gotten caught up in the Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry. "I'm learning about the top rivalries in the south, so I'm sure once college starts I will develop those rivalries in me."

Loya doesn't have a plan for when he'll make a decision. "If the right offer came along in the summer, I'd take it then as my main goal right now is focusing on my senior year of football" Loya is trying to avoid the distractions of recruiting during football season. "I owe it to my teammates and coaches to give them my undivided attention and my best effort on the field," said Loya. "I can wait until after the season if I haven't received the offers I feel I want."


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