"Out of high school I qualified, but I really didn't get much attention from four-year schools," Rios, who prepped at Righetti High School in Santa Maria, Ca., told JCFootball.com. "Fresno State and Portland State talked to me a bit, but nothing really ever came of it, so I decided with my parents that a JC was the best way to go."
Rios has good size and physical numbers – he runs the 40 in 5.0 seconds, benches 420 pounds and squats 560 – and said that his work paid off this past year.
"When I was in high school I was all conference two years in a row at guard and tackle," Rios said. "I've been all-conference (at Allan Hancock) too at center which is pretty cool.
"It was a pretty smooth transition for me because even though I was at tackle, I played on the ‘play-side' so I had to make a lot of the calls anyway. Here, that's what the center does so it really wasn't that different."
Speed and footwork are Rios' biggest assets, "I have really quick feet and teams have told me they like my speed and that I can pull," Rios added.
He'll be visiting Missouri-Southern, a Division two power, this weekend, but he's also getting close to setting up a visit with a San Diego state and he's hearing from Portland State, Idaho and SMU as well.
"My coach and I are working on getting out my tapes from this year, so that's what's going on now," Rios said. "I don't have any offers right now, but hopefully that will change pretty soon.
"I'm supposed to go to San Diego State in a couple of weeks, but we haven't confirmed the date yet. I'll figure that out here pretty soon."
Rios will graduate with his two-year degree in December and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.
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