2016 Merced DE Justin Aguilar is devastating edge rusher whose eligibility clock will make a huge steal for a D-2 program

2016 Merced DE Justin Aguilar (6-3, 240) was one of the top JUCO edge pass-rushers in the nation this past season and now he's hoping to find a place to finish out his college football career. The twist here is that with his clock issues, he will need to sign with a D-2 program and that could make him a huge steal for the program that gets him...

"I'm actually 23 years old," Aguilar told JCFootball.com in a recently interview. "I grauated and then went to Palomar, but I hurt my back and I just stopped playing so that I can could rest it and get back healthy.

"During that time, I was just going to school and I just got the itch to play again and my dad said that he found me a place back up here at Merced, so I decided to come back up here and I played here last year (2014) and this past season."

In 2014, Aguilar earned All-Conference and All-State honors after posting 47 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 21 tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery and this past season, he followed that up with 15 sacks, good for second on the state, while also racking up 51 tackles, 22 tackles-for-loss and a fumble recovery and earned All-Conference and All-State honors for the second-straight year.

"I think what I do best is I learn really quickly," Aguilar said when asked what it is that sets him apart from the other pass-rushers out there. "I can read things pretty well, see little tendencies, like if the offensive tackle is leaning hard over his down hand, if his foot is set back, stuff like that and then I can make a move based on what I see that they are going to do."

On the recruiting front, things have been on the slow side, but he has some options to consider.

"Midwestern State, Fort Hayes and Kentucky State have all been talking to me about visiting and a few NAIA schools are also after me too," Aguilar said. "My clock is forcing me to go to a smaller school, but I figure whatever happens, I will find the right place for me and it will be a place that I can see myself getting my degree and feeling at home."

Aguilar is on pace to finish his degree in May and he will have two to play two at the D-2 level or below.

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