College of San Mateo OT Ryan Popolizio has seen recruiting pick up recently with offers from UTSA, UNLV and Fresno State

2016 College of San Mateo OT Ryan Popolizio (6-7, 305) has seen a surge in recruiting interest the past couple of weeks and he updated JCFootball.com recently about where things stand...

"I currently have offers from UNLV, UTSA and Fresno State," Ryan Popolizio told JCFootball.com recently. "New Mexico is really close to offering and SMU has told me that they like me a lot and they want me as a blue shirt where I enroll late and then Cal has also picked things up over the past couple of weeks.

"I working on setting up some visits right now. I've got one set for UTSA on December 4th."

So far this season, Popolizio has started every game for the Bulldogs at right tackle after working into the rotation as a freshman last season.

"I feel like I am at my best as a run-blocker," Popolizio noted. "Both my high school and here at CSM, the mentality is as a run-first offense and that just gets you in the mindset to be physical and I think that I've really taken that on.

"I'm a good pass-blocker too, but I just feel like I am further along as a run-blocker."

As a prep, Popolizio had a solid career at St. Francis High School in Mountainview (Ca.). He had a scholarship to play at Sacramento State, but decided to take the JUCO route to possibly find an opportunity at a bigger program.

"I just felt like I could play at a higher level," Popolizio said. "I didn't know much about the JUCO system and what schools were the best, but once I saw the program they had here at CSM, I felt like I could get better and they would get me enough attention to play at a bigger school."

Popolizio was a full-qualifier out of high school, so he can leave at any time and he is set to sign with a school next month and he will have three years to play two following the 2015 football season.


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