Hisatake Gets Looks Despite Inexperience

When young men have the size of most NFL offensive lineman, everyone just assumes they play football. As a high schooler at Westmore HS in Daly City, Calif., Ray Hisatake wanted to play football, but Westmore didn't offer the sport.

So he just went about his business in the classroom.

Now as a soon-to-be sophomore at San Mateo, Hisatake (6-4, 310) is starting to hear from schools from across the country, interested in seeing how this raw athlete can help their program.

"I always wanted to try football, but our school didn't have it," Hisatake told JCFootball.com.  "So when I got to San Mateo I thought I would give it a try and I had a pretty good year as a freshman. 

"I played nose guard and 3.5 sacks.  I also had a lot of assists on tackles, but I don't know how many."

Hisatake said he'd spoken with the San Jose State, Toledo and UNLV coaching staffs during the May evaluation period and a big-time program from nearby that has caught his eye.

"USC stopped by our school last Thursday," Hisatake said.  "Coach Ruel from there was at our school talking to tall of our players and telling us what they want to see from the players they are recruiting.  He told my coach he liked my film so that was pretty cool."

Hisatake said that San Jose State and UNLV have intimated they are close to offering and that several other schools, including Fresno State, Washington, Utah, San Diego State, Oregon State and Louisville are sending him a lot of mail.

Hisatake has the size, but needs to get some work in the weight room to be the best he can be.

"I'm not really that strong yet, but I'm working on it," Hisatake said.  "I never worked out before, so my bench isn't very good for my size (seven reps of 225), so I'm working really hard to get that to where it needs to be for schools to offer me and feel good that I can be a player for them."

Hisatake is on pace to graduate in December and is a Liberal Studies focus right now at San Mateo.   He knows what he wants from a school and what he is looking for in a football program.

"How close to home it is, is a big thing for me," Hisatake said.  "I want to be close to home, but not too close to home.  Other than that, surroundings – do I feel comfortable there?  Education is a big thing because it's hard to get to the NFL.  I need to feel comfortable and I want to be at a school with a good Polynesian community there."


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