Early attention for Mt. San Jacinto OT

Mt. San Jacinto OT Eric Varela (6-7, 310) is a player to keep an eye on this fall. Schools from all over the west have been in contact with his coaching staff, getting the 4-1-1 on what he can do, and his versatility as well as his outstanding size and athleticism has them intrigued...

Varela prepped at Great Oak (Temecula, Ca.) High School, but didn't get much in the way of recruiting attention, so he headed to Mt. San Jacinto in order to continue his football career.

"The coaches here were great and it is a great atmosphere," Varela told JCFootball.com recently. "After I met with the coaches, I felt like they would be the best chance I had of getting ready to play college football and I felt like it was the right place for me."

Varela's size and athleticism are intriguing and the fact that he can play either tackle position doesn't hurt him in the eyes of college recruiters either.

"We have a couple of left-handed quarterbacks that might be starters, so I played both right and left tackle this spring," Varela said. "Last year we already had a pretty good left tackle, so I just played right tackle, but I feel pretty comfortable on both sides so it really doesn't matter."

Recruiting hasn't really hit it's stride just yet for Varela, but several schools have been in contact with his coaches.

"Fresno State, Oregon State, USC, San Jose State and New Mexico State have all called my coaches about me," Varela said. "Utah sent me a bunch of letters during the spring, but they haven't really done much with me yet.

"My coaches said that New Mexico State said they could offer before the start of the season, but so far I don't have any offers yet."

Varela has been hard at work in the classroom and will finish his AA degree in December. He plans to sign with a school at that time and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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