All-American Watch: Sam Tautolo

One of the top JUCO offensive linemen in the state of California this year is Saddleback C/G Sam Tautolo (6-4, 305) and recently he was named to the First Team JC Gridwire Pre-Season All-American team. So far, recruiting has been a bit slow, but with a big season he hopes to garner more D-1 attention and he filled in recently on what he does best on the field...

"I'm a better pass-blocker than anything right now," Tautolo told "I can still do well run-blocking, but when you are snapping in the shotgun, it's kinda hard to really fire off and get into a guy.

"I worked this summer on being better in both phases and in my overall strength and conditioning."

The hard work in the weight room paid off as he now sports a 385-pound bench press, a 505-pound squat and a 280-pound power-clean.

As a prep, Tautolo played at Valley View (Moreno Valley, Ca.) High School, but didn't get a lot of attention, so he headed to Saddleback to continue his football career.

"I wanted to get out on my own, but I wanted to stay in Southern California, so I chose Saddleback," Tautolo said. "I felt like it would be a good place for me because they have a great program here and the coaches really care about you and helping you get better.

"I fell through the cracks when I was in high school, so I need to have a big season so I can show people I can get it done."

Recruiting was tepid this spring, but he said he's hoping more schools come on after the first month of the season.

"I talked to Kansas State and Iowa State, but I haven't really talked to anyone since the spring," Tautolo said. "I know I can play at the next level, but I just have to show them what I can do and take care of my business and hopefully someone will take a chance on me."

Tautolo is a solid student and was a full-qualifier out of high school, so he plans to finish up his season and sign with a school in December. Wherever he ends up he'll have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

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