Sagote talks trips, new offer

Things continue to heat up for College of San Mateo LB Justin Sagote (6-2, 225). This weekend he will visit a Big 10 school and recently he was offered by a Pac 12 school who is looking to add an experienced player to their thin linebacking corps...

"Washington State just offered me (Wednesday night)," Sagote told "It was really exciting. I hadn't talked to them much, but they called and said they were offering me and they want me to visit.

"I'm visiting Purdue this weekend, I leave (Friday morning) and then when I get back I'll call Washington State to set up a visit to see them."

San Diego State was another school that had offered Sagote, but because he's tripping to Purdue this weekend, the Aztec coaches told him they were pulling his offer.

"They said if I take the visit I wouldn't have an offer from them anymore," Sagote said. "I'm still taking my visit, so I guess you could say they are no longer offering me."

After posting 45 tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks and one fumble recovery while playing mainly inside in CSM's 3-4 scheme as a freshman in 2010, Sagote followed that up this past fall with 39 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception for the Bulldogs while playing mainly outside.

"I feel very comfortable blitzing from inside, but I like pass-rushing from the outside more," Sagote admitted. "I can play anywhere a team needs me to play, but I think outside is probably where I'll do a better job."

Sagote prepped at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, California and was unable to qualify for a D-1 scholarship, so schools held off in recruiting him.

"I wanted to keep playing, so I was looking around and I had a friend who suggested I look at San Mateo because of the program," Sagote noted. "I talked to the coaches and it just felt right. Coach (Tim Tulloch) told me about the program and how they run it and I looked at how successful they've been and I knew it was the right place for me."

Sagote has maintained a solid 3.4 overall GPA and should have been able to finish his two-year degree in May, however, he was unable to enroll in a math class this semester and will need to take summer school in order to finish up.

"I was on the waiting list to get in and it didn't happen so I'll need to take it in the summer," Sagote noted. "I'll get it done though and hopefully I'll have a place to play when I'm ready to leave."

Sagote will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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