Paso Robles lineman drapes competitors

Travis Draper is a 6-4.5, 258-pound lineman from Paso Robles, California and Draper is one of the real up-and-coming offensive linemen in Cali. His showing at the USC NIKE camp in April turned a lot of heads, including Pete Carroll's and Bob Toledo's. Since that camp he's received four scholarship offers from Pac-10 schools and looking for more.

"I think I'm better at offense," Travis told "I hardly play defense. Coaches are talking to me about playing offense, but some like me at defensive end too."

Draper runs a 4.8 40, benches 295, squats 385 and power cleans 305. He also has a 30-inch vertical jump to his credit. Ironically enough, Travis feels it's what he does off the field that makes him better than the rest. "I think what I do in the offseason makes me a lot better," he said. "I train all the time. I'm a workout warrior. I use strength shoes, run stairs at our stadium all the time."

It is his work on the field that's getting Travis the most acclaim, as he earned first team all-county and all-area honors as an offensive lineman. For his efforts he was named to the prestigious North Coast team. He was also Las Padres offensive lineman MVP as well as an all-CIF Division 10 performer.

Travis recently received kudos from Tom Lemming and ESPN. "I found out that I'm a candidate for the East-West All-Star game that ESPN does," he said.

Offers have already come from USC, UCLA, Washington and Washington State. Here's what Draper said about the four schools he's most interested in right now.

USC - "That's a big time offer there. The coaching staff is fired up and I like the way they coach. They want me to be the best I can."

UCLA - "It's a really nice campus and I like the coaches there too."

Washington - "It looks like a nice place and I'm looking forward to taking a trip there so I can check it out and meet the coaches one-on-one."

Washington State - "I talked to one of their coaches on the phone and I'm looking forward to taking a trip there. I want to find out more about how they coach."

Washington and Washington State appear to be the two main trips Travis is intent on taking right now. "We go to Fresno State for camp, so I'll check them out too," he said. "I'm going to wait until my season is over before I start taking any trips. I want to see what the schools have to offer." Top Stories