Laloni brings the heat for Snow

Snow College in Ephraim, Utah always has a plethora of talented players and this year is no different. One of the top JC linemen in the country (James Aiono) resides in the middle of the Badgers' line, but flanking him is DE Mike Laloni (6-1, 243) and he takes a back seat to no one. JCFootball.com caught up with the pass-rushing stalwart recently and he updated us on things...

After finishing up a solid prep career at receiver in high school, Laloni signed with Idaho State, but he soon embarked on his LDS mission and he came back a different man, both mentally and physically.

"I gained over 100 pounds on my mission, so I wasn't going to be playing wideout anymore," Laloni admitted with a slight chuckle. "I worked for a year after my mission and got back in good shape and then I started looking around for a place to play and Snow was the best place for me."

It took Laloni a while to get used to his new position, but eventually he figured things out.

"I had never played defense before I got here," Laloni said. "It took me a little bit to figure some things out, but I was rotating in last year and I had a guy ahead of me (Coleby Clawson) who was really good so I learned a lot from him."

As a freshman, Laloni only posted 7 tackles and no sacks, but so far this year he's been a terror off the edge so far this year for Snow posting 30 tackles, five tackles for loss and five sacks while helping to lead the Badgers to a 5-0 record and a number two overall ranking in the NJCAA.

"We are doing what we have to do," Laloni said. "We work well as a team and as a defense, so we are all on the same page and we just like to hit guys and make plays."

On the recruiting front, Weber State, Southern Utah and North Carolina State are the three schools contacting Laloni so far, but he's hoping to change that soon.

"We're getting tape together and I'm going to send it out to some schools," Laloni said. "I'm open to everyone who wants to recruit me and I just want a chance to play some ball at the next level."

Laloni is a good student and was a full qualifier out of high school, but he plans to get his AA in May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll keep track of Laloni's progress over the coming weeks and months and update things as they change.

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