Lazaro takes up the middle for Southwestern

Southwestern has one of the top JUCO running backs in the country, but on the other side of the ball, the prospect garnering some looks from four-year schools is DT Aaron Lazaro (6-4, 295). He's a high-motor player who causes problems up

Lazaro prepped at Otay Ranch (Chula Vista, Ca.) High School, but didn't get much in the way of recruiting attention, so he didn't apply to the NCAA Clearinghouse and decided to head to the JC-level in order to garner some attention.

"I liked the coaches here a lot," Lazaro told "A couple of other schools I looked at, they were bagging on other schools and bad-mouthing the other schools and I didn't like that, but when I got to Southwestern and talked with the coaches here, they didn't do that and it was the place I felt the most comfortable."

As a freshman last fall, Lazaro worked at the three-technique and nose tackle position while playing himself into the rotation and along the defensive line and posted 16 tackles and five tackles for loss.

"This summer I really hit the weights and wanted to get myself into the best shape I could be in when we started camp," Lazaro said. "I feel like I've really jumped up a level in how I've been playing and by squatting this summer, it's really helped me be more powerful and stay low so I don't get blown off the line."

On the recruiting front, Lazaro said he hasn't heard from many schools, but that Oregon has made contact as well as a few other Pac 10 and Mountain West programs.

"I haven't really talked to anyone, but my coaches said they have heard from some," Lazaro said. "Honestly, I'm not really worried about it right now since we just started our season last week, but I'm open to anyone and want to go through the process more just to see what else is out there."

Last weekend Southwestern lost a close one to eighth-ranked Palomar 23-13 and Lazaro notched six tackles.

This weekend the Jags will face off against San Diego Mesa.

Lazaro is a good student and will be able to sign with a school in December with three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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