Fernando Villanueva has all the tools to be one of the best offensive linemen on the West Coast and now the San Jose (Calif.) Independence recruit said he's dedicated to getting things done in the classroom so more programs offer him.
So far, Washington State and Utah State have offered Villanueva, a 6-foot-6, 280-pounder who was one of the best offensive linemen at the Stanford NIKE Camp two weekends ago.
He said a lot of schools are showing interest but are waiting to see his grades this semester before getting more seriously involved.
"There has been a lot of recognition and interest," Villanueva said. "A lot of teams are on the verge of offering like Fresno State and Oregon State are just waiting for this semester's grades. I have a couple scholarships for sure so I'm waiting.
"USC and a lot of other schools are saying they want to see me ball out this semester in the classroom. A lot of schools are just waiting on my grades."
Fresno State has been making an especially focused push for Villanueva, who has talked with coach Pat Hill and the San Jose prospect said Cal, which likes him as a defensive end, is also just waiting on grades.
It's been a tough transition to seriously focus on schoolwork but Villanueva said it's been worth it because getting better grades will probably mean more scholarships.
"It's tough because there is football and class work," Villanueva said. "I have to put both of them together and I really have to focus on them."
Since Villanueva is so focused on getting his grades in order, there isn't much time to take unofficial visits. There are still plans for him to work out at the USC Rising Stars Camp this summer but any more school trips will probably have to wait until the fall.
Villanueva said he definitely wants to see Washington State since they got involved so early but it won't happen until at least September.
"I want to go on a visit there because I've heard it's nice out there," he said. "I'd like to get up there for one of my official visits. I won't be able to get up there until I can take an official visit."