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Cali OL lands first two offers

Fair Oaks (Calif.) Del Campo will have one of the top teams in the NorCal region next fall and could have as many as three or four players sign wit Div I colleges come February. One player already drawing early scholarship offers is offensive lineman Colin Lyons-Pena.
Lyons-Pena, 6-3, 300 pounds is a talented guard prospect and was one of the standouts at the NIKE Combine in Oakland a few months back. The big lineman impressed with 29 reps on the bench and a very quick 4.68 shuttle time.
Recruiting has been going very well for the lineman with two offers in and more soon to follow.
"UNLV was my first offer and then Oregon State offered as well," Lyons-Pena said. "I was very excited about both offers when they came in and happy that things are coming together for me.
"In addition to those two schools, I'm hearing from USC, Washington State, UCLA, Arizona, San Diego State, Duke, Oregon, Michigan, Utah and Idaho. Some are real aggressive and others are texting and mailing me.
"There are a couple of schools that are close to offering, but I don't want to jinx anything."
Lyons-Pena has already seen several schools as he has taken unofficial visits to USC, Washington State, Cal, UCLA, Oregon State and Oregon.
"I attended Junior Days at USC, Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State," Lyons-Pena said. "It's important to me to get a chance to meet the people that I could be playing for and with, so I have been in touch with a lot of the schools already and I still have more to a see.
"I don't have a leader right now but my top five, in no order, is USC, Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA and UNLV. I'm looking for a school that is strong academically as well as in football. I need to know that I will fit in well at the school and with the players on the team.
"I'm going to be there for four years and I want to make sure I can contribute and that it is a fit for me. That's why I have tried to visit some of the schools and meet the coaches, they will be a big part of my decision.
"As for when I'll make my decision, at this point, I really don't know. I would like to have enough information to make a decision before the season so that I can concentrate on playing football and my senior year. When I think I have that information and feel good about the school, program and coaches, I will make it and not look back."
Lyons-Pena will be in attendance at the NIKE Camp at Stanford in two weeks.
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