April 10, 2008

Ducks offer JUCO DT

Walnut (Calif.) Mt. San Antonio College had one of the top defensive lines in the country in 2007 and rode it all the way to the state title game before falling to City College of San Francisco. One player up front was a mammoth freshman who has two high-profile offers out of the gate, including Oregon.

Mt. SAC defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo left a lasting impression on me last November when I watched him play against Saddleback College in the last regular season game of the season. With the biggest calves I have ever seen he passed all the eyeball tests and now has picked up two early offers to start the spring.

"I got offers from Oregon and Tennessee," Fangupo said. "Tennessee called me last week and offered. Oregon offered about a month ago."

Fangupo is 6-foot-2, 330 pounds and chiseled like a rock. He graduated from Century High School (Calif.) in 2004 and served a two-year Mormon mission in the Philippines before heading to Mt. SAC in 2007.

Fangupo says, ultimately, the decision is up to his mother on his future.

"My mom is making the choice," Fangupo said. "Whatever my mom thinks is best for me. She raised me right so I am letting her make the decision."

Fangupo says he would like to stay closer to home, but his options right now are very good.

"They are two very good schools," Fangupo said. "I would love to stay in California. I do not know much about Tennessee."

Although Fangupo admits his desires to stay close to home and that his mother will ultimately make the decision, it appears on the surface that the Ducks are his favorite thus far.

"I have loved Oregon for the longest time," Fangupo said. "I love the environment. I like it there, it is green. The most important think is my aunt lives there. It is a good team. They are coming back strong this year."

Fangupo hopes to transfer to a four-year university in January so he can be with the team for spring practice next season. He will have three years left to play two years of football when he transfers.

Fangupo has also been receiving interest from Arizona in recent weeks but a formal offer has yet to be made. He was receiving attention from BYU in high school.

Fangupo finished with 21 tackles, five tackles-for-loss and two sacks in eight games as a freshman in 2007. He was a First Team All Mission Conference National Division selection.

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