Many Looking at Villanueva

San Jose (Calif.) Independence two-way lineman Fernando Villanueva is on several schools' recruiting board...

San Jose (Calif.) Independence two-way lineman Fernando Villanueva (6-7, 265) is one of the better two-way linemen in the state, and while he waits for his first offer, several schools are in communication with him.

Villanueva attended Cal's Junior Day earlier this month and was wowed by the whole event.

"It was pretty good there, I was impressed," said Villanueva. "It's a nice campus. They're remodeling the facilities and everything. My parents were there and we got to talk with the coaching staff. Everything was really nice."

Villanueva said he spent most of his time with defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi and head coach Jeff Tedford.

"Coach Lupoi said he can see me as a defensive end, rushing outside for him," said Villanueva. "He joked and said he told the offensive line coach, not to talk to me, keep his distance from me because he wants me to play defensive end for him. They did seem very interested, and they seem like they want to get me on an academic plan. Coach Tedford seemed very interested too."

Villanueva said his first choice would be Cal.

"I'd prefer to stay close to home," said Villanueva. "Just seeing the school, they really got my attention. They really impressed me."

Villanueva said he's also interested in Washington State, Washington, USC, Alabama and UCLA.

"Washington State, they seemed very interested," said Villanueva. "A coach came down during January, and told my coach he's very interested. They want me there for their Junior Day. So I'd like to give Washington State a shot. Washington, I've been in contact with them. USC and UCLA, I like and want to get to their camps."

Villanueva said he wants to stay on defense for college.

"I see myself making tackles instead of playing tackle," said Villanueva. "Defense is more fun to me."

Villanueva has been selected to the California All-State Game already.

Brandon is in his seventh year with, currently as the West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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