JUCO OT: "USF is my best choice right now"

The Bulls '09 recruiting class got off to a hot start over the summer, but has slowed since. The staff has a chance to get things back on track in two weeks when USF will be hosting a 6'7, 305 pound JUCO OT from California for an official visit. Find out who it is and why he is so important. Only on USFNation.com!

The most important piece to the Bulls '09 recruiting class is JUCO offensive tackle Carlos Savala. At the end of this current season USF will lose 4 starters on the offensive line, including their left tackle – the position that Savala will hopefully fill right away.

"I recently set my visit date with South Florida." Said Savala. "Coach Canales and I decided on the weekend of December 12th."

"I'm excited about my visit, get to see the school and check out Florida a little bit."

Besides USF, Carlos is talking with Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas State and San Diego State. As a Freshman Savala was named Region III All-Califonia First Team offense by the state's coaches. His sophomore season just ended and its time to turn the focus to graduating and recruiting.

"I don't have any other visits set right now. Arizona is talking about bringing me in, they haven't offered yet. I've been thinking about my options and I like Hawaii a lot, but I think USF is my best choice right now."

The Bulls staff has already taken a commitment from a former teammate and friend of Savala's, WR Edgard Theliar from Butler CC.

"I haven't talked to Edgard in a few weeks but he said he would be taking his visit the same weekend as me, so that's pretty cool."

Carlos finished his season last weekend with a loss in their bowl game, but says his season was a success, no injuries and he's on pace to graduate from College of the Desert in May. He hopes to have a final decision made soon.

"When it comes down to it my decision will be totally up to me. My parents are supportive of my choice but they don't know too much about college football or football in general so its pretty much up to me."

Throughout the year Savala says the USF staff has kept in touch with him nearly every week and he and Coach Canales have built a strong relationship.

"Coach Canales calls me once a week, we talk about how I'm doing, how my grades are and he lets me know about the opportunity I would have at USF and he lets me know exactly how much they do want me in Tampa."

In two weeks the Bulls will be hosting one of their biggest recruiting weekends of the year and USFNation.com will have updates with Carlos Savala and the other visitors from that weekend, stay tuned!

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