Coach Review: Paramore Tapa

He might be a quiet sort off the field, but when he steps between the lines, L.A. Harbor DL Paramore Tapa (6-4, 275) is an absolute beast. His head coach, Brett Peabody, spoke to over the weekend to give us the low-down on what the talented defensive line prospect brings to the table and why he thinks that Middle Tennessee is getting a steal...

"I can't speak highly enough about how proud I am of him and what he's been able to accomplish," Peabody told "He worked so hard to get his academics in order and he really was focused on getting better every day, both on the field and in the classroom."

Tapa was outstanding this past season for the Seahawks, playing nearly every spot along the defensive line posting 43 tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks.

"He's so versatile and such a team player, he can play anywhere and be successful," Peabody said. "He's going to play defensive end for Middle Tennessee and he'll do really well there, but he could play inside too."

So with his explosiveness and outstanding strength, why did he go relatively unnoticed by the BCS programs?

"I think a lot of schools wanted to see how he progressed academically toward his degree," Peabody noted. "He's really done well in the classroom and gotten himself to a point now where he can play and I really think Middle Tennessee got a steal.

"He could have played at any school and done well, so when he enrolls there, he'll be a really special player for them."

Tapa will enroll in June and will have two years to play two once he arrives.

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