Ferrari still waiting on first offer

When you have an outstanding teammate playing the same position as yourself, sometimes you get overlooked by talent scouts. That's the plight of CCSF LB Paul Ferrari (6-2, 230) who played alongside Devin Bishop for the Rams.

"We shared a lot of the burden on defense," Ferrari told JCFootball.com. "He's a great talent and a great linebacker. He's going to do really well at the next level. He beat me to a lot of tackles so my stats weren't as good as they could have been.

"I still finished second on my team in tackles. I don't know my exact stats because the program on our stats website got screwed up, but I know I had something around 80 tackles or so."

For his efforts, Ferrari received 1st Team All-Conference recognition at middle linebacker and now he's hoping to parlay that honor into a D-1 scholarship offer.

"There was a D-1AA school in New York called Stonybrook and they had planned to trip me out last weekend, but they called right before I was getting ready to leave and said they were looking for an outside linebacker," Ferrari said. "That was kind of frustrating because we had it all set up, but I've got to move on and focus on what opportunities I might have."

Ferrari is hoping to garner an offer he feels comfortable with, but if he doesn't get one, he may opt to walk-on at an up-and-coming Big 12 school.

"Colorado's head coach said he would love to have me walk on and try to earn a scholarship," Ferrari said. "Coach (Dan) Hawkins told me he was a walk-on that earned a scholarship back when he played and he said he had no problems with giving one to a walk-on that earns it.

"He told me he gave out five scholarships to walk-on players this year so that is pretty encouraging."

Ferrari plans to send out more tape this month to see if he can get at least a few official visits in before signing day on February 7th, but if that doesn't materialize, there's a very good chance he'll be a Colorado Buffalo when it's all said and done.

Wherever Ferrari ends up, he'll have three years to play two at the next level. We'll have more from Ferrari as the recruiting season winds to a close.

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