Ropati gets it done for Harbor

Since the start of the season, L.A. Harbor LB A.J. Ropati (6-2, 225) has shown himself to be one of the better linebacker prospects in the JUCO ranks. He makes plays from sideline-to-sideline and can drop back into coverage as well. caught up with the playmaking defender recently and he updated us on his season and which two four-year schools have shown the most interest...

Ropati prepped at Carson (Ca.) High School and decided to join Harbor when he didn't get much in the way of recruiting attention.

"It was close to home and when I visited Harbor, it just felt like home to me," Ropati told earlier this week. "I liked the staff and what the program was doing, so I decided it was the best place for me."

As a freshman in 2009 playing the weakside linebacker (WIL), Ropati put up solid numbers, posting 51 tackles and 3 interceptions for a team that ended the season ranked 9th in the state and in the playoffs.

"I'm more of a coverage linebacker, but I can play the run well too," Ropati noted. "I just read things well and I have enough speed to keep up with tight ends or backs in coverage."

So far this season, Ropati has been solid for the Seahawks racking up over 25 tackles, 1 sack and 3 passes defensed while helping lead the Seahawks to a 4-2 record so far.

On the recruiting front, things have been a bit slow to take off, but two four-year schools have made it known they have their eyes on him.

"Both UNLV and Kansas State called and talked to me recently," Ropati said. "Right now, that's about all it is, just talking, but they both like me and what I bring to the field."

Ropati is on pace to finish his AA degree in May and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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