Schwab is ready to lead the way

Mt. San Jacinto is loaded with talented players, especially on the defensive side of the ball, this season and one player who has taken the role of leader and run with it is DT Sam Schwab (6-3, 285). As a freshman this past season, the talented interior defensive lineman was named a team captain and he's already got three four-year schools interested in what he can do on the football field...

Schwab prepped at Calvary Chappel (Murrieta, Ca.) High School and had planned to sign with USC after he graduated, but an injury forced him to reconsider his options.

"I was all set to sign with SC, but I shattered my femur and I wasn't able to sign with anyone because they all sorta pulled back from me," Schwab told recently. "I got really angry and was upset and wanted to quit the game because I was so frustrated and I took a year off because I was so angry about what happened to me.

"I was working 80 hours a week and then, after I got back and healthy, I really started to miss playing football and I decided to give it another shot, so I came here to Mt. San Jacinto because my brother Andrew played here and I liked the coaches a lot and we have some really talented players here and I felt like it was the best place for me to get back on track."

As a freshman this past season, Schwab ended up moving from linebacker, which he played in high school, to defensive line and he was named a team captain due to his natural leadership as well as his productivity on the field -- 24 tackles, one sack and 2.5 tackles-for-loss in seven games.

"I was the first freshman named team captain which was really cool," Schwab said. "That's one thing I take pride in -- I like to lead the way."

With his outstanding size and quickness to go along with his immense strength (440-pound bench press and a 600-pound squat), Schwab has already garnered looks from a few four-year schools including the school that was recruiting him as a prep.

"I have been talking to USC, New Mexico and San Diego State," Schwab said. "They all have said they like me and they will be recruiting me, but right now I don't really have any offers yet.

"I can't control who offers me or when they offer me, so I just have to go out and keep working and have a good offseason and when schools see what I can do, I will just let that take care of itself."

Schwab is a very good student and is on pace to finish up his AA degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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