Recruiting Update: Rio Mares

Rio Mares from Cibola is one of only two New Mexico juniors with a D1 offer to speak of. We had a chance to chat with Mares recently to see how the recruiting process is going and also to get an update on which schools are in contact with him.

Rio Mares is one of two New Mexico juniors with an early offer to speak of. That offer came from New Mexico last summer. At 6'6 and 350 pounds he has size that colleges love but he still has only one offer. Why is that? We caught up with big Rio to see how things are going and get an update from a recruiting standpoint.

What are you doing to prepare for next season?

I am working on getting my weight down to 315 it will help me move better. I am also playing basketball which helps with my conditioning and footwork. I throw discuss as well which helps my footwork and balance. I am also lifting and conditioning five times a week with the team.

What aspect of your game are you working hardest on to improve?

My weight is a factor. I get off the ball alright but when I get down to 320 or so it will be that much faster. I am working on my feet which are a huge part of any lineman's game. My kick step is also huge because I can't just anchor myself and weight for the ends in college.

What schools are you talking to right now?

Wisconsin and UCLA requested film and Wisconsin came and watched our game against Eldorado. Wake Forest has sent a lot of mail as well as several hand written letters. Other schools I am receiving regular mail from are UConn, Stanford, and Duke.

When are you planning on making a decision?

Probably after I have made all my visits and talked it over with my parents and coaches. Most likely around signing day of my senior year. I don't want to rush things and regret a choice I made.

What are you looking for in a college?

A place where I can grow as a player and a student. A school that has good academics and a good program. Some where close to New Mexico would be nice so my family can come and watch me play, but that wouldn't sway my decision.

Look for more with Rio from all season long.

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