Lots of early interest for Chabot's Etu

Versatility is a key component to an offensive lineman's game and Chabot OL Sifa Etu (6-2, 305) has the ability to play almost anywhere along the offensive line. After a standout performance at the JCFootball.com Nor Cal Combine, he's been hard at work in the weight room and on the practice field and he updated us recently on how recruiting is coming along...

Etu had a solid prep career at Hayward High School in California, but he didn't get much in the way of recruiting attention, so Chabot is where he headed.

"I didn't take the SAT because I didn't really expect to go anywhere but to a JC so I'm not sure if I would have qualified or not," Sifa told JCFootball.com recently. "The coaches here at Chabot are great and I just felt at home here and I wanted to have a chance to move on after I played here two years and Chabot is good at getting guys promoted and moved on to four-year schools."

Originally, Sifa was set to play defensive tackle or nose tackle, but because of injuries he was switched to the offensive line.

"The coaches are selling me as an offensive lineman, but they are telling schools I can play defense as well," Etu said. "I feel like I can play anywhere someone needs me. I play offensive tackle, but I could play guard and I could play D-tackle or on the nose. Wherever a school wants me and I can help them out, I'm pretty much open to it.

"I think my work ethic is what sets me apart from other players. I work hard and I won't give up until I get things right. I've been working really hard this summer on my technique and in my pass-blocking and my footwork. That's been my focus this summer."

At the JCFootball.com Nor Cal Combine held at Chabot late in May, Etu posted solid numbers -- a 5.3 forty time, a 4.8 pro shuttle and 18 reps of 225 pounds on the bench -- and was named to the All-Combine team.

On the recruiting front, Sifa is already hearing from schools across the country, but as of today he doesn't have any offers.

"Oregon State, Florida State, Texas A&M, TCU, New Mexico State, Oregon and Middle Tennessee are the schools sending me stuff right now," Etu said. "I really like all those schools, but I'm open to anyone at this point. I don't really care who wants to recruit me. If a school shows me they want me, then I will look at them."

Sifa has been hard at work in the classroom and will be able to sign in December and he'll have three years to play two following the season.

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