MLB Paul Como Takes Ryan Powdrell's (USC) Spot

Last year, Saddleback College's Paul Como backed up All-Mission Conference middle linebacker Ryan Powdrell (USC signee). Now it is Como's turn to step into the spotlight. The 6-2, 240-pounder, who can leave Saddleback in December, hopes to earn his own D1 scholarship. We caught up with Como this week to find out more about him.

What were your career or senior season stats at Murrieta Valley High School?
My senior year I played defensive end and tailback. I finished the year with 15 sacks, 850 yards rushing, and 12 touchdowns. I was the CIF Division 5 MVP and league MVP. I made the all-sectional team for California and played in 3 all-star games-- including the Shrine game.

Were you recruited by any four-year schools out of HS? If yes, who? Did you have any scholarship offers?
I was offered a scholarship from Northern Arizona University and I signed with them. But I changed my mind and wanted to go to a bigger school. So I didn't go.

What led you to your current JC?
I wanted a chance to go to a big four-year school. I came and saw Saddleback, liked it a lot, so I came here.

What were your stats last season and were there any highlight moments?
I had 12 sacks and about 40 tackles. As for highlights, I made a few big sacks and in our playoff game against Mt. San Antonio I picked up a fumble and took it to the one-yard line.

When will you have your AA degree?
I am not getting an AA because I am a qualifier. My plan is to leave in December.

Are any four-year schools recruiting you right now? If yes, which ones?
I have verbally talked to Kentucky and have received letters from LSU, Oregon, Oregon State, Florida, Cal, Oklahoma, and a few other schools

Which schools seem to be recruiting you the hardest early on?
I think Kentucky, LSU, and Oklahoma are recruiting me the hardest. I have no official offers yet.

What will be the most important factors, other than playing time obviously, that you'll consider when choosing a college?
Location, the chance to go to the next level, academics, and how good the team is.

What separates you from the other -- maybe more average -- guys at your position that you've seen play?
I have good speed, I can hit hard and fill very well from the middle linebacker position. And I have a good nose for the ball.

What are you biggest strengths right now?
My speed my strength and quickness are my biggest strengths right now

Where do you need to improve the most and what are you doing to improve in offseason?
I would always like to get stronger and faster. I have also slimmed down a little this year to make myself faster. I trained 12 times a week between football speed training and cardio and am in very good shape.

Do you know what you'd like to study when you leave JC for a four-year college?
Business Administration.

How would your teammates describe you on and off of the football field?
A good guy that likes to have fun and someone that can pretty much get along with anyone.

When you're not playing football or in school, what are some of things you like to do?
I like to play golf. I also like to cook and play PlayStation.

Tell us something that's maybe a little unique about yourself:
I have been playing football since I was 7 years old. And if I could have been good at anything besides football I would have liked to have been a professional snowboarder.

Saddleback has been turning out some fine football players of late. Tell us about three or four other guys to watch for on your team next year.
Defensive end Jay Dixon is a big kid with good speed and he works hard. Cornerback Rasheed Prescott has excellent speed and has a good nose for the ball. Running back Avionne James is a big kid who works very hard and can run through as well as around people.


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