Backlund still set on UNLV

As a native of Finland, Chabot OL C.J. Backlund (6-3.5, 270) is a player who a lot of schools didn't know about when he first arrived in the states. However, after two solid seasons with the Gladiators, the prospect signed with UNLV, but because of some academic work he couldn't enroll there in December and he'll need to sign again with a school in February...

"I signed with UNLV in December, but because some of my classes didn't transfer, I needed to stay here at Chabot and finish stuff up," Backlund told recently. "I'm still pretty set on signing with them. I really liked the staff there and the program is headed in the right direction, but obviously, I can't sign until February so a lot of schools are still after me."

In addition to his offer from the Rebels, Backlund also has offers from Western Michigan, UNC-Charlotte, Texas State, Florida Atlantic, New Mexico, Nevada and Northern Colorado as well as a few smaller schools.

"I spoke to the Western Michigan offensive line coach and he really likes me a lot," Backlund said. "Nevada really has started to come after me too, but right now I am thinking I will sign with UNLV just because it was the school I liked the most and nothing has really changed that. My friend Max Ehlert, who I played with here at Chabot is there and I really like the Hotel Management program they have there too."

As a freshman and sophomore, Backlund started on the right side for the Gladiators and he said that's probably where he will play at the next level.

"Most schools like me there, but I can play anywhere," Backlund said. "I just want to play and hit people. That's what I really like to do."

As noted earlier, Backlund plans to sign in February and he will have three years to play two wherever he winds up.

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