Fangupo makes a name for himself

One of the standouts at the So Cal Combine this past Saturday was Mt. San Antonio DT Hebron Fangupo (6-2, 330). The dominant Mountie defender already has quite a few offers from across the country and he could be close to picking a huge offer soon. He talked about his performance during one-on-ones as well as recruiting and what he's focused on.

"I'm working on everything this offseason," Fangupo told in between drills on Saturday. "Speed, quickness, agility, strength, technique, I mean…you name it and I'm working on it."

Fangupo has impressive speed for his size, posting a sub-5.0 forty time at 330 pounds and he put up 225 pounds 24 times on the bench at the combine.

"I use my ‘get off' well and I usually can rip the blocker pretty well," Fangupo said. "I mean, I just want to get better and better and hopefully it will pay off in the end."

Fangupo had an excellent freshman season in 2007, posting 28 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss and three sacks while earning First Team All-Mission Conference honors.

"We play a 4-3, but I can play almost anywhere on the defensive line," Fangupo said. "I can play nose or three-tech or tackle, I mean, whatever, as long as I'm in there doing what I love to do and playing and helping our team win."

Fangupo prepped at Century High School in Santa Ana, Ca. and he didn't get much in the way of attention as a standout for the Centurions.

"We didn't really have that good of a program there so no one really paid much attention to what we did," Fangupo recalled. "I went on my (LDS) mission and then when I came back, I knew some of the coaches here at Mt. SAC and they said they'd love to have me come up so that's why I'm here and I'm having a lot of fun."

Now, Fangupo is one of the top prospects in all of southern California and he's most likely the top JC defensive tackle in the country. With that stated getting recruiting attention hasn't been an issue this time around.

"Utah, Tennessee, Oregon and Arizona are my offers right now that I can think of off the top of my head," Fangupo said. "USC just came on earlier this week and I'm real excited about that.

"They wanted to come and check me out and when they saw me and what I could do they said they wanted to get my transcripts, so they are close to offering me too."

Other schools contacting Fangupo include Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU and many more.

"I'm just looking for a good situation," Fangupo said. "I want the whole experience, from the coaches, to the players, to the program, to the education. I mean, it's all about the experience and I want to play early if I can."

Fangupo is on pace to finish his two-year degree in December and then enroll at his school of choice in January with three years to play two when he arrives on campus.

We'll continue to track this impressive prospect over the coming weeks and months and update things as they change.

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