Vasquez Hopes for Another All-Conf. Season

Arizona Western College DE Luis Vasquez (6-3, 250) is a bad man.  After heading to Purdue out of high school, the pass-rushing phenom left because of some grade issues, but now he's being recruited by some big-time programs who want to get his skills and attitude in their program.

"I try to take people out before they take me out," Vasquez, who runs the forty in 4.7 seconds, said with a laugh.  "I love getting after the quarterback and hurting people when I get there."

And get after the quarterback is exactly what he did.  Vasquez recorded 16 sacks in ten games in 2005 while also posting 66 tackles, 13 quarterback hurries, 20 tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

For his efforts he was named a NJCAA 1st Team All-American, NJCAA Region 1 Defensive MVP and was WSFL 1st Team Defensive Line.

Vasquez didn't start out planning to attend a JC out of high school. 

After prepping at Ledyard High School in Connecticut, he left the northeast to head to South Lafayette, Indiana and play linebacker for the Purdue Boilermakers, but things didn't exactly work out.

"I redshirted there my freshman year, but then when I got to spring practices I had gotten a lot bigger," Vasquez said.  "I was something like 260 pounds and so they moved me to rush end and I've been there ever since. 

"I thought (the position change) was pretty natural for the most part, but then I had some grade problems so I left and ended up at Arizona Western."

But even ending up at Arizona Western wasn't where he had originally planned.

"I was all set to attend Hudson Valley Community College in New York, but then coach (James) Pryor called me and told me about what he was planning to do at Arizona Western so I decided to (go there)," Vasquez said.

"I'm really glad I'm here and I love the area."

On the recruiting front, Vasquez already has four offers (Washington State, Oregon State, UNLV and UTEP) and two other Pac 10 schools have told him they are very close to offering.

"Cal and Arizona State have both been talking to me a lot," Vasquez said.  "Cal told me the head coach needs to see my film and then they'll decide some things and that Arizona State coaches said they have some injury issues at end and that they want to see how those come along before they offer.

"USC, Washington and a few other Pac 10 schools have asked for film from my coaches and they said they want to see more of me during the season before they offer me.  USC said maybe after the first two or three games they could offer me if they like what they see."

Vasquez will have two years to play two and graduates this December with his AA.  He is taking general studies now, but says Culinary Arts is a subject he may like to major in wherever he ends up.

"When I commit to a school it will be because of a good location," Vasquez said.  "I don't want to go to a place I could get into trouble.  If I was in Vegas I would never go to class.  I'd probably be down on the strip every night.

"I also need to see where I would be on the depth chart because I will only have two years and last just the fact that I want to play for a championship.  I want to go to a school that can compete for a national championship. 

"That isn't to say that the other programs aren't good and all, but I want to win and that's really what it comes down to.  Can I win wherever I decide to go?"

Wherever Vasquez decides to go, he'll be chasing quarterbacks and putting the hurt on some people.


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