Mesa's Porto goes up and gets it

One of the top ballhawks in the JUCO ranks heading into the 2013 season is San Diego Mesa CB Jordan Porto (6-0, 185). He finished his freshman season with six interceptions and he's been working hard this offseason to get ready for an even bigger sophomore campaign this fall...

Porto enjoyed a solid prep career at Lake City (Coeur d'Alene, Id.) High School and was unsure if he wanted to continue playing the game so he took some time off and realized he missed football too much.

"I just didn't know if I wanted to keep playing when I graduated so I took a year off and just worked," Porto told "After I thought about it though, I realized I just missed it too much and I really loved the game, so I started looking around at schools in the San Diego area and Mesa was the best opportunity."

As a freshman this past season, Porto started eight games and totaled 31 tackles and a team-leading six interceptions, ranking him as one of the top ballhawks in the state.

"I can play man-to-man, but I am probably at my best playing zone because I can read things well and if two receivers come into my area I can take both of them out of the play," Porto said.

This offseason, Porto said he's been working hard to improve his overall game and to be the best player he can be this fall.

"I've been working on my footwork, my speed and getting better at reading routes," Porto said. "It's just about getting bigger and stronger and just improving everything you can."

On the recruiting front, Porto has yet to hear much from four-year schools, but he hopes this spring that things will change.

"I'm not too worried about it right now because I can't really control that," Porto said. "My coaches just said to keep working hard and that I will start hearing stuff this summer and in the fall, so that's what I'm doing."

Porto is a good student and is well on his way to graduating with his two-year degree in December. He will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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