Recruiting Starts To Pick Up For Inda

2017 Golden West LB Joseph Inda (6-1, 233) has seen an uptick on the recruiting front and he updated recently about where things stand...

"Things have definitely picked up for me," Inda told recently. "I already had a few FCS offers (Lindenwood, Incarnate Word, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Chadron State, Chowan, Notre Dame College and Northern Colorado), but I wanted to wait and see what FBS schools came and looked at me and now I am getting recruited by Louisiana-LafayetteBoise StateNevada and CharlotteUtah State was recruiting me pretty hard, but they ended up signing another JUCO linebacker, so I am pretty sure they don't have room for me.

"Louisiana-Lafayette talks to me almost every day and they seem like they could be close to offering. Boise State just called on Monday and they said they are looking at me and they like the way I play, so those are the that seem to be the most interested, but they are still evaluating me and what I can do."

As a sophomore this past season for Golden West, Inda posted 48 tackles, two sacks, 11 tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble and an interception while manning the middle of the Rustlers' defense.

"We played a true 4-3, so I was right in the middle and I feel like that was when I played my best," Inda noted. "My instincts are really what sets me apart from the other linebackers. A lot of coaches watched my film and said 'they sure blitzed you a lot', but actually that wasn't the case. I just read things really well and I get downhill and come up and make the play quickly.

"I really like to be physical at the point-of-attack and that's another aspect I think I bring to the game."

As far as what he needs to work on, Inda said it might be that he's too aggressive.

"When I read things, I just go and sometimes, if it's a play fake or whatever, then I can get caught out of position, so a lot of that comes down to film study and just getting better at being patient at times and knowing the situation," Inda said. 

The talented linebacker enjoyed a solid prep career, but once he figured out he wouldn't qualify to receive a scholarship, he decided to take the JUCO route.

"I graduated from Katella High School in Anaheim (Ca.), but I went to five high schools due to some family stuff," Inda said. "I initially went to Fullerton and played about 20 snaps a game there in 2014, but then I had the chance to move to be with my dad in Iowa and that hadn't happened in a long time, so I took the chance to go live with him for a while and then when I came back it was either go back to Fullerton or head to Golden West.

"Eventually I just felt comfortable there with the coaches and felt like I could make the biggest impact there.

Inda has already finished up his academic work, so he can enroll at a school almost immediately and he will have two years to play two starting this fall.

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