Opportunities could be headed Aysse's way

When football players step on the field, they battle for 60 minutes, but one player who has seen his fair share of battles is Long Beach OT Justin Aysse (6-5, 280). His story is an interesting one, but in the end, he's hoping to continue his football career by playing at the highest level he can and that opportunity could be right around the corner...

Aysse, who hails from Downey, California, prepped at two high schools (Warren and Downey) and was a four-year starter, but he admits he didn't take school, or life for that matter, seriously and that led him to make a decision that would change his life.

"I got recruited by a lot of schools out of high school, but my grades weren't there," Aysse admitted to JCFootball.com recently. "I had USC, Washington, Oregon and San Diego State all looking at me pretty hard, but I just didn't take school seriously at all and I wasn't going to qualify, so right after my senior season of football ended, I enlisted in the Marine Corps and then in September, I left for boot camp."

Aysse spent the next four years in the Marines, seeing deployments to both Iraq (2007 - 2008) and Afghanistan (2009) before returning home a new man.

"It was amazing the effect that it had on me," Aysse said. "I learned more in four years than I ever could have in four years of college.

"A lot of life lessons that I needed to learn. To figure out what's important, how to be a man, stuff like that. I didn't always learn them the easy way, but I learned them and when I got back home I was a different person."

After returning home, Aysse wanted to pick his football career back up and he enrolled at Long Beach as a defensive end, but he switched to the offensive side of the ball pretty quickly.

"When I got here, I came in as a defensive end, but there were like 17 or 18 defensive ends and only seven offensive linemen," Aysse said. "One guy got hurt and another one quit right after the start of the season, so then there was only five, so I moved over and played right tackle in 2010 and then this year I played left tackle."

With his quick feet, solid technique and intensity, to go along with his ideal size and athleticism, Aysse has attracted attention from several four-year schools and he's waiting to hear about scholarship offers.

"Right now San Diego State and Fresno State I sorta have pending offers from them," Aysse said. "I've got offers from Texas State and Hampton and I'm working on setting up visits with them for later this month."

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

We will continue to track Aysse's progress as he gets closer to making a decision.

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