Every year it seems like La Cueva High School (Albuquerque NM) produces some D-I talented players. Now all of these players may start off as walk-ons, but eventually many of these former Bears find a way to earn a scholarship.
This weekend we caught up with a pair of La Cueva Bears at the Rocky Long Football Camp and we start off with defensive lineman Pedrum Khodaie.
Khodaie was part of last year's line for La Cueva that has already produced 2007 freshman Michael Muniz and Brett Kennedy. The question is can the 6-0 265-pound nose guard join his teammates as a D-I player? We asked Pedrum this Saturday.
"I'm a very aggressive defensive player," says the intimidating Pedrum. "I can overpower people and I'm pretty quick off the line, and I'm a solid tackler."
At his size Pedrum is nearly a prototype for the nose position. Very stock and strong Pedrum says "I max out at 425 on the bench so far, and I run a 5.3 :40." According to Pedrum he is spending this summer really working on bringing down his 40 time as well as paying attention to his footwork and his agility."
I asked the young D-lineman if he has received any interest and he said at this point, "mostly JC's in Arizona are looking at me," says Pedrum. However, he really wants to catch the eye of the Lobo coaching staff as Khodaie said, "I'm really interested in being a Lobo and wearing the Cherry and Silver."