Ventura's Cruz is a dominant player

Ventura is loaded on the defensive side of the ball this year and DE Kalvin Cruz (6-3, 275) is a player already getting a lot of attention from FBS coaches. spoke with the talented lineman recently and he updated us on what he's been up to...

Cruz prepped at Columbine (Littleton, Co.) High School and he was a standout defensive player, however his ACT scores weren't high enough to qualify him for a D-1 scholarship so he decided to take the JC route in order to continue hos football career.

"I originally planned to play for coach (Steve) Mooshagian at Feather River, but when he moved to Ventura I decided to go with him because I really liked him as a coach," Cruz told recently. "I've been really happy with my decision to follow him and feel like it's been the right move for me."

While playing the strongside defensive end position last year as a freshman, Cruz posted 33 tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss and 1.5 sacks.

"I'm probably a better run-stopper right now," Cruz noted. "I can use my size and my speed to pursue well and to hold up against blockers and this summer I'm really working on my explosiveness and my speed still."

On the recruiting front, the 10-game starter doesn't have any offers yet, but he's getting a lot of attention from FBS programs.

"BYU, Washington State, New Mexico State and Nevada are the schools recruiting me the hardest right now," Cruz said. "I just need to show them my versatility and how I've improved this year and the rest will take care of itself."

Cruz is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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