Cerritos DT brings his lunchpail every day

After graduating from high school, current Cerritos DT Fred Lavulo (6-3, 305) thought his playing career was over and focused on building a career in construction. However, with the faltering economy, the talented defensive lineman found work hard to come by so he decided to give football, as well as an education, a second chance and now he's got a chance to be a highly sought-after prospect...

"I was at Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City (Ut.)," Lavulo told JCFootball.com. "I have a daughter who lives with me and I was just working for about two or three years, but then it was hard to find work in construction, so I decided go back to school and here I am."

As a 24 year-old freshman in 2010, Lavulo played mainly nose tackle for the Falcons and posted over 30 tackles with five sacks.

"I'm older so I have a little more (life experience) than the guys I'm playing with and a little more to play for," Lavulo said. "I'm just glad I got a second-chance to play football and to have a chance to be recruited and get a degree.

"I'm more of a run-stopper, but I like to rush the quarterback too. It's something I really am working on this summer."

Lavulo is naturally strong, posting a 485-pound bench press, a 550-pound squat and a 315-pound power clean, so this summer he's been focusing on his speed and quickness.

"Last year I played at about 330 and now I'm down about 25 or 30 pounds," Lavulo said proudly. "It was something I knew I needed to do and it's really helped me with my quickness and speed and I'm hoping that helps me to be more explosive this year."

Recruiting hasn't hit its stride yet, but Lavulo said he has spoken to two schools.

"I have been talking with Kansas State and Iowa State," Lavulo said. "I don't have any offers yet, but I hope with a good start to my season that a few will start to come in so I can have some choices.

"I will play anywhere. I just want to find the right place for me and I want to find a good school for my education and good football program to play for."

Lavulo is on pace to finish up his schoolwork in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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