Urias is an enforcer in the secondary

Physical safeties that can fill hard against the run are a luxury lots of teams would like to have and Saddleback's Daniel Urias (6-2, 215) hits like a linebacker, but he's got the speed and athleticism to play in the secondary as well. JCFootball.com caught up with the hard-hitting safety and he updated us on his season as well as recruiting.

"We've had a good year, but we lost a couple of games we feel like we should have won," Urias told JCFootball.com on Sunday afternoon. "We lost to Mt. SAC on Saturday and that was just a tough hard-fought game.

"They didn't do much against us on the ground, but they were throwing it all over the place and we just didn't make the plays when we had the chance."

Saddleback finished the year 7-2 and will play in the post season, but it was unclear at press time what game they would be playing in next week.

Urias had a solid season on defense for the Gauchos, posting 42 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks and two interceptions. He said he likes playing closer to the line because he feels his run-support abilities are what set him apart from other safeties.

"I'm pretty ‘nosy' so I like to play close to the line," Urias said. "I'm a strong safety all the way because I can come up and hit guys and make them pay when they try and take it through the hole.

"My stats don't matter too much to me anymore because I'm concentrating on getting the wins. My stats will come and teams can see what I'm capable of so it's not a big worry to me."

Urias prepped at Laguna Hills High School in California and was recruited out of high school by several Pac 10, Mountain West and WAC schools, but he sprained his MCL and missed the final two games of his senior year and the recruiting attention pretty much stopped.

"When that happened, I said I wanted to get to a JC to play some ball and get some schools to look at me again so that's why I came here," Urias said of his journey to Saddleback. "The coaches here are really good and they care about getting their players moved on to four-year schools and it was pretty close to home so it just worked the best for me."

Recruiting has also picked up for Urias as well.

"Akron just offered me and said they were sending the papers to make it official in the mail," Urias said. "They want me to visit soon, but I haven't set that up yet.

"Idaho State is the other school that's really been talking to me. The rest of the schools recruiting me have been talking to my coaches a lot and have requested film on me, but I don't consider them serious at this point."

Urias was a full-qualifier out of high school and can leave in December with three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll have more from Urias in the coming weeks as he firms up his plans for visits.

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