Pack Pursuing Standout JC Lineman

Cerritos College is one of the top junior college programs in the country, and this year's top prospect on the squad is four-star offensive lineman Mike Diaz.

Cerritos College is one of the top junior college programs in the country, and this year's top prospect on the squad is four-star offensive lineman Mike Diaz.

Cerritos head coach Frank Mazzotta raves about his talented lineman.

"He's just a great football player," said Mazzotta. "He's being recruited by a bunch of schools right now. The Texas A&M recruiting coordinator was out here one day and then the next day their offensive line coach stopped by; Arizona State has already told us they are really interested in him; Louisville loves him a lot; North Carolina State has been on him from the beginning."

Diaz has been pleased with the attention. He already has a couple of offers, and he believes a few more are on the way.

"San Diego State and Colorado State have offered me a scholarship," said Diaz. "I think Arizona State is real close. They have been calling a lot. NC State, Texas A&M, and Kansas State are also recruiting me real hard."

At 6-foot-5 and 325 pounds, Diaz was a first-team all-state selection as a freshman. He enrolled at Cerritos after graduating from Schurr High School in Montebello, California. At Schurr, Diaz had transcript issues which prevented him from qualifying out of high school.

"Basically, the NCAA Clearinghouse didn't think I graduated high school, so I actually just sent that off to them a couple of months ago to show them that I did," Diaz previously informed Scout.com. "I qualified, but I just didn't get things in on time apparently, but I should have that all worked out now."

He had been hearing from UCLA and San Diego State, and the Aztecs continued their recruitment of him after Diaz enrolled at Cerritos where he really impressed with his versatility.

"He's our number one prospect and we really like him a lot," said coach Mazzotta. "Last year he played right tackle for us and this year he's penciled in there right now, but we may move him inside depending on who we have step up this summer. "We want to get the best five on the field and Mike is versatile enough to play tackle or guard. He's a tackle at the next level though."

"I feel I can play anywhere on the line and help a team," said Diaz. "This year I'm going to play guard for us, but I played right tackle all last year."

Three programs maintain the lead for Diaz.

"Arizona State, NC State, and Texas A&M would be my top three," he stated. "Academically and athletically they are all real strong. They are all stressing that right now, and that is what I like."

NC State recruiting coordinator Jerry Petercuskie is heading up Diaz's recruitment for the Wolfpack.

"Coach Petercuskie is recruiting me for NC State," said Diaz. "He has ben saying they are waiting for more film, and they would offer me off that."

Diaz hopes to reach a decision before the start of his sophomore season. He plans on graduating in May and will have three years to play two seasons.


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