Los Alamitos, Calif., two-way standout Mike Aguayo (6-4, 245, 5.0) will be another from one of Orange County's best programs to play D-I football. Aguayo has decided where he will continue his education and play his college football.
"It is true Mike committed to UTEP," Lisa Aguayo said. "He really liked his visit to UTEP."
"Mike liked the coaches and the facilities," Mrs. Aguayo said. "He also likes that he will be given an opportunity to play defense where all the other schools wanted him for offense."
UTEP will allow him to play defense when he arrives and if that doesn't work out, Aguayo will gladly move to offense.
"Mike really liked the coaches and the players at UTEP," Mrs. Aguayo said. "They were really down to earth and very nice people."
UTEP also started a rapport with Aguayo back in May when they first saw him at the NIKE Camp at Stanford. They stayed on him throughout the process and it paid off.
Other schools that were still recruiting him were UCLA, Colorado, and Fresno State. The new staff at San Jose State called on Sunday, but they were informed that Aguayo will be heading to El Paso.
In an earlier interview with Rivals.com Los Alamitos head coach John Barnes said this about Aguayo, "Mike is a skinny 260. He has a lot room to grow."
"Mike is very athletic," Barnes said. "He played baseball as a pitcher and first baseman as a freshman, but he has given it up to concentrate on football and is lifting weights."
"Mike has real good quickness," Barnes said. "He pull blocks and runs very well."
"Another thing that colleges are going love about Mike is he has real long arms and he is great at pass protection," Barnes said. "He is great at pass pro tech."
"We had four linemen that signed with D-I schools last season," Barnes said. "I think Mike will join his teammates on the D-I level next year."
Aguayo made Coach Barnes into a prophet with his committal to UTEP.