Ybarra re-discovers his love for the game

After signing with San Jose State out of high school, current Fullerton OL Brian Ybarra (6-4, 320) thought he would be a Spartan until he graduated. However, a knee injury caused him to struggle both with his love of the game as well as in the classroom. Now, two years removed, he's re-discovered that passion he once felt and he's ready to show D-1 schools he's worthy of a scholarship offer...

"I was constantly having to get my (right) knee drained and it was painful and I just sort of lost my passion for playing football," Ybarra admitted to JCFootball.com recently. "I got down and I got frustrated with things and that filtered over into the classroom, so I had to leave San Jose State and that's sorta when I figured out I really missed it."

After looking around for a while, Ybarra settled on Fullerton and he said he couldn't be happier.

"The coaches here really helped me out a lot," Ybarra said. "They showed me how much I really loved to play and they have helped me with my technique and just to get better as a player and as a person."

Since he started playing football, Ybarra said he'd always played tackle, but Fullerton thought he'd be better off inside and he's thrived there for the Hornets.

"I was good at tackle, but I love playing guard," Ybarra said. "I can be a lot more aggressive and I can fire off the ball and get on guys instead of waiting for them and being sorta passive.

"At guard, you always have a guy lined up right over you so you know who you are going to hit. At tackle, sometimes they rush an end or sometimes they blitz a linebacker or a safety so you have to figure that out. I'm really enjoying guard."

On the recruiting front, Ybarra still hasn't been hearing from very many schools, but he thinks that's because no one knows he is eligible again.

"I bounced around a little, so I just need to get my name out there more," Ybarra said. "North Dakota and Auburn have both been in contact with me, but right now, not a lot of schools have been out to see me play.

"I just want to play D-1 ball again, so I'm hoping I can get an offer and have a chance to play for someone."

Ybarra redshirted his first season with San Jose State and he played last season for Fullerton, so after this season he'll have two years to play two and he'll finish his AA degree in December.

We'll continue to track his progress and update things as they change.

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