2016 College of San Mateo OT Ryan Popolizio committed to Fresno State during his official visit over the weekend

2016 College of San Mateo OT Ryan Popolizio (6-7, 300) committed to Fresno State during his official visit over the weekend

Popolizio informed JCFootball.com about his decision late Sunday afternoon after returning home from his official visit.

"I committed to Fresno State," Popolizio told JCFootball.com shortly after making his decision. "From the coaches, to the guys, to the program, I just felt like I fit in the second I got there."

Popolizio chose the Bulldogs over offers from Boise State, Kansas State, New Mexico, San Diego State, UTSA and UNLV.

He handled tackle duties for CSM this season, but he could play almost anywhere along the offensive line due to his aggressive style and quick feet.

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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