The Mt. San Antonio roster is loaded with top D-1 prospects and one that is just popping up on recruiting radars is OT Joe Unga (6-6, 300) a prospect who spent two years in the Philippines and now he's back and ready to show the football world what he's got. JCFootball.com caught up with Unga at our So Cal Combine last weekend and he talked about his mission and other subjects as well.
Unga prepped at Etiwanda High School in California and went on his LDS mission shortly after graduation, to the Philippines.
"I wasn't going to qualify so I just went on my mission," Unga told
JCFootball.com. "I loved it, I really loved it. I learned a lot about
their culture and just about myself while I was there.
"It really made me appreciate things back here though and I
learned a lot about what I needed to do to mature and become the person
I want to be."
Unga started at right tackle for the Mounties in 2008, but
with his size and athleticism he is versatile enough to play on either
"I started at right tackle, but when our left tackle needed a
break or was hurt, I moved over there just fine," Unga said. "I'm quick
and I'm athletic, so I can handle either side. I read guys really well,
so I can look at their hands and their stance and know what they're
going to do and I think that's what really sets me apart."
On the recruiting front, Oregon State and UCLA are the two schools showing early interest in Unga.
"Oregon State is really interested and I think they're a
program I could go to definitely," Unga said. "I also visited UCLA for
one of their spring practices and they told me they were going to be
recruiting me this spring and summer."
This summer, Unga said his main focus in the weight room. He posted solid numbers at the combine, but he feels he can do better.
"I got 15 reps at 225 on the bench, but I want that higher and
I posted a 5.0 forty time, but I expected it to be lower so I have some
stuff to work on this summer," he noted.
Unga is on pace to graduate this December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.
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