Valley Center (Calif.) two way lineman Jason Klingerman has decided to leave home and will play his college ball for Colorado State. The lineman turned down an offer from San Diego State.
Klingerman, 6-2, 260 pounds is an intriguing player who could fill several roles for the Rams. He'll be a three year starter next season and has seen action at both defensive tackle, offensive tackle and even fullback.
In fact, according to Valley Center coach Rob Gilster, Klingerman will get his first look in the backfield.
"They're looking at him first as a fullback," Gilster said. "He's an athlete though. He could play on he offensive or defensive lines if they needed him there."
We think the athlete likely projects best as a defensive tackle and like his combination of size, quickness and toughness. Klingerman is one of the state's top wrestlers in his division but will obviously focus on football in college.
San Diego State had also offered but the lineman decided he wanted to leave home and had a strong connection with new Rams assistant coach Dave Lay, who actually coached at Valley Center a year ago.