Bulls Making JUCO OT From Cali a Priority

There are several names on the JUCO offensive line board, but the #1 target is Carlos Savala from College of the Desert in California. See what he thinks about a possible move to Tampa, what schools the Bulls are competing against and when he plans to make a final decision. Get informed, only on USFNation.com!

This is a make-or-break year for the Bulls when it comes to recruiting in California, a big miss on Zach Hanson and a couple last year, the staff can't afford another. That's why Carlos Savala's recruitment has taken on such an importance. Not only is he talented on the field, but he's also at a position of need – offensive tackle.

"I'm talking with San Diego State and Kansas State, but USF is the only offer I have right now."

The 6-foot-6, 310 pound tackle was only a shell of his current self when he graduated high school with no division one offers, he entered the military at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, after a short stint in the Navy and a medical discharge, Savala found himself at College of the Desert. In his one year out of football Carlos was still growing, he got to JUCO and began pushing himself in the weight room and now looks like a prototypical NFL tackle.

"My summer workouts have been really good. I've been working on getting used to the extra weight I've put on in the last year. I'm trying to stay quick even though I'm heavier than I used to be."

In about a month Savala's season will start, once his tape gets around Savala will see an increase in offers. That's why it is good the Bulls got their foot-in-the door early.

"South Florida is a realistic option for me. I don't care how far I have to go to find the right situation for me, I've been away from home before it's not a big deal."

Carlos says he talks to Coach (Mike) Canales a couple times a month and the two have been building a relationship since the spring.

"We talk about what's going on with me, he always wants to make sure I know how much I can help USF next season."

There is no visit scheduled yet, but Carlos says that is the next step in his recruitment with USF.

"I definitely want to take a visit to Tampa. I'm not sure if I could make a decision before I visit. I want to see everything and make an informed decision."

Savala is hoping that by mid-season he'll know where he stands with offers and then he'll be able to set a couple visits before making a decsion. When making his final choice, Savala says location will actually help USF.

"This might sound weird, because most people don't move across the country, but I like the idea of getting away. That is one of the biggest things I like about USF, the weather is pretty much the same and I think it would be fun."

Carlos is on track to graduate in May. He hopes to have a final decision made within a month of the end of his season. Stick with USFNation for the latest, we'll talk with Carlos in a couple weeks to see if an official visit date has been set.

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