Mendez Is Ready To Blow Up In 2014

A player who is starting to blow four-year coaches away when they see him live this spring is Allan Hancock OT Francisco Mendez (6-7, 285). After sitting out the 2013 season while rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered in the spring, the talented lineman now sports three offers and more could be on the way in the very near future...

"Right now, Francisco has offers from BYU, Kansas and San Diego State," Allan Hancock head coach Chris Dutra told "San Diego State and Kansas were both at our practice yesterday and they came off the field and were shaking their heads and they said 'he's got a home with us' and BYU offered him a little bit ago and I think there will be at least a few more, maybe even 10, that will come in by the end of spring.

"This guy is special. Everyone that gets a look at him is just amazed at what he can do on the field. He's so long and athletic. He's a really special athlete and a good kid."

Francisco enjoyed a good prep career in New York, but was unable to qualify and, to get away and get out on his own, he headed west on the advice of his high school coaches.

"They said it would be a good move for me to get out here and just sorta start fresh, so that's what I did," Mendez said after a recent workout. "It's definitely different out here, but I like it. It fits me better I think."

As a freshman in 2012, Mendez started every game at tackle and, now that he's back healthy after rehabbing from a torn ACL, he said he plans to hold the fort at left tackle this fall.

"He's back and doing well," Dutra said. "I saw him clean 285 pounds today, so he's back. He might not be 100%, but he's close and he's getting stronger and bigger every day for us."

Mendez is on pace to finish up his degree in May of 2015 and he will have two years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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