2016 College of San Mateo Ryan Popolizio's recruiting continues to pick up steam

2016 College of San Mateo Ryan Popolizio (6-7, 305) took his first official visit this past weekend and there's a possibility he will fit in at least two more before the mid-year Signing Period gets underway next Wednesday...

"I visited UTSA last weekend and I had a great time," Ryan Popolizio told JCFootball.com. "They are building a great program there and I felt like I really bonded with the coaches and the other players.

"This weekend I'll take my Fresno State visit and that is one I am really excited about. There's also a good chance I will take a visit to Kansas State during the week at some point, but I haven't set that one up yet."

In addition to his offers from those three programs, Popolizio recently received offers from Boise State and San Diego State and he also has offers from New Mexico and UNLV.

After being a backup as a freshman in 2014, Popolizio started every game for the Bulldogs at right tackle this season.

"I feel like I am at my best as a run-blocker," Popolizio said earlier this fall. "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 at some point this month and he will have three years to play two starting in 2016.

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