2017 El Camino DL Ray Lima is up to nine offers and more could be on the way

2017 El Camino DL Ray Lima (6-3, 310) has become one of the hottest JUCO prospects in the country over the past couple of months and he recently added his ninth offer and more could be on the way...


"Honestly, I'm just blow away to have one offer much less the nine I have," Lima told JCFootball.com. "It's all been a huge blessing to me and I am really thankful for all of the schools that are after me right now.

Lima's latest offer is from Oregon.

The Ducks joined ArizonaArizona StateColoradoIowa StateOhioOregon State and San Jose State in offering the talented defensive line prospect who totaled 59 tackles, a team-leading 21.5 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks.

"I just work well with my teammates," Lima said. "I feel like we play really well as a group. We all compliment each other and as a whole we're much better than we are as individuals. 

"I can stop the run pretty well and get after the quarterback when I need to, but really I give all of the glory to my teammates because without them I'd be nothing."

With so many early offers to choose from one might think that Lima could make an early decision, but that isn't the case.

"I definitely want to take my time," Lima said. "With so many great schools and great coaches recruiting me, I just feel like I need to give everyone the chance to recruit me and to check out as many schools as possible to make sure I find the right place for me, so I want to take my official visits, all of them, before I decide.

"I'm definitely looking for playing time, but more than anything, I am looking for the trust in the coaches and the players," Lima said. "If there's a big Poly (Polynesian) community, that would be great, but I don't have to have that."

As a prep at West Torrance (Ca.) High School, Lima was getting recruited by several schools, but he was unable to qualify academically so his opportunities dried up.

"I honestly thought I was done with football," Lima noted. "The El Camino coaches were calling me and saying they liked me a lot and what I could do and I just really felt comfortable with them.

"The staff here is amazing. They care about you as a person and as a player, plus the mascot here is the Warrior. You gotta love that."

Lima is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.

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