Double-digit offers for JUCO DE/LB

One of the top JUCO prospects in the country on the defensive side of the ball this year promises to be College of San Mateo DE/LB Sione Sina (6-4, 250). From his 40-inch vertical to his outstanding productivity, he's got plenty to offer four-year schools and so far he's received double-digit offers and more could be on the way...

"I have offers from California, Maryland, Washington State, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Hawaii, BYU, Kansas, Purdue and Texas Tech right now," Sina told "There's a bunch of other schools that like me too, but my coaches are handling a lot of that stuff for me because I really don't need to be weighed down by all of that stuff right now."

Even though he doesn't think a lot about which schools have offered, he has thought about some of the things that he'll be looking for when he makes his decision.

"The first thing is the education. I want to make sure the school I go to will help me get my degree in the two or three years I'm there," Sina said. "I know I have to get the work done, but I want to see what sort of resources they have for me and that they help me make sure I get that degree in my hand.

"The next thing is players and guys that I feel I can be on the team with. Guys I want to go to battle with every day. You gotta love those guys and want to fight for them.

"Last it's about how they do getting you ready to play at the next level. I mean, I can have all the talent and stuff, but if they can't get me developed, then I probably won't make it so that's another big thing."

While his aspirations to play pro football are standard for pretty much any prospect playing at the major D-1 level, it wasn't until his junior season at Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove, California that he was actually able to see the football field.

"I had bad grades my freshman and sophomore years so I didn't get to play at all," Sina admitted. "Then I talked to coach (T.J.) Ewing and he changed my life. He got me focused on the stuff I needed to be focused on and he got me where I am today.

"I didn't qualify because of my bad grades, so I was looking at different schools and coach Ewing went to CSM himself, so he said it was a great place for me and he's never steered me wrong so I followed his advice and I've been really happy here."

As a freshman starter for the Bulldogs this past fall, Sina played both as a stand up linebacker and a defensive end in their 3-4 scheme and totaled 38 tackles, 8.5 tackles-for-loss and six sacks.

"I played wherever the coaches needed me and did whatever they needed me to do," Sina noted. "I was all over and they used me in different ways.

"This year I really want to shed blockers better and a lot of that has to do with how I use my hands, so I'm working on using my hands better."

Sina is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2012 season.

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