SMU Offers JUCO Offensive Lineman

SMU recently extended an offer to Mesa C.C. OL Silvano Altamirano. Is he interested?

A week after a landing a verbal commitment from Highland Park's William Barns, SMU is looking to add another offensive lineman to the Class of 2013 and extended an offer to San Diego Mesa C.C. guard Silvano Altamirano on Tuesday morning.

"Coach (Mike) Moss told me I had an offer from SMU. It was really exciting," Altamirano said. "He told that they really liked my film, and that I would hear from them soon. I haven't spoken to any of the coaches but right now, I'm excited."

Altamirano admits that he isn't too familiar with SMU at the moment but will be conducting more research this week. He also added that he would love to get more information about the program from the coaches in coming weeks.

"I'm definitely interested in SMU," he said. "I don't know very much about them at all, but I have started to do some research. I know they are a private school. One of the most important things I'm looking for is education and I can get a good one at SMU."

The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder says Colorado State is very close to offering as well, and he could ‘definitely see himself playing there.' He has also been attracting interest from schools such as Kansas, Nevada and New Mexico.

Coming out of Mt. Carmel (CA), Altamirano, only picked up a couple of Division II offers, which is why he decided to go the JUCO route. Altamirano says his time at Mesa C.C. has made him a better player and feels he can be a dominating guard at the FBS level.

"I'm pretty fast, and I play hard nosed football. I think playing here has also helped me polish my technique," he said. "I think I'm going to have to improve on strength for the next level. I'm open to moving around the line, but I'm a guard at that's where I'm most comfortable."

Altamirano added that he would like to take an official visits to SMU on November 30 and Colorado State on December 10.

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