CCSF's Contreras is the man in the middle

CCSF's Contreras is the man in the middle

One of the top pivot men in the California JUCO ranks this year is City College of San Francisco's Ben Contreras (6-3, 290) and he's already hearing from several big time programs. JCFootball.com recently spoke to the big man from the Bay Area and he talked about recruiting and his expectations heading into his second season of college football.

"We've been having a lot of fun getting ready for our season," Contreras said. "This year we really want to focus on our run-blocking and our double teams so we're just getting used to each other because we had a few guys leave from last year and I'm the main guy returning."

Contreras graduated from Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, California and was a full-qualifier, but he didn't really receive much recruiting attention so he started looking around for a JC program that would be able to move him on to his dream – playing Division one football.

"(CCSF) are known for their football program," Contreras said. "I had a couple of friends already coming here and they said to come down and check it out and when I did, I knew that it was the place for me."

Contreras played in ever game for the Rams in 2006, starting out at tackle before moving inside to center when an injury forced the move. To say he was "swimming" a bit with his new assignment would be an understatement.

"It was pretty tough, but I got through it," Contreras said with a laugh. "I'm really looking forward to this year because I'll actually know what the heck I'm doing when I'm making the calls and where I need to go and who I need to block. That's going to be fun."

Also on the docket for Contreras is recruiting, something that's relatively new to him, and he's already pulled in his first official offer.

"Ole Miss offered me a little while ago and USC is starting to talk to me now," Contreras said. "Texas A&M and UNLV are the other ones that are talking to me the most serious at this point, but it's still pretty early."

Contreras said he doesn't want to make a hasty decision so he plans to take all of his visits before he makes a choice of where he'll finish up his collegiate career.

"I'm going to be looking at how competitive their program is and how they've done over the years," Contreras said. "I want to play for a winner and also for a coach that has moved lineman on to the NFL. That's a big thing for me."

Contreras will graduate in December with three years to play two wherever he ends up. We'll have more from him as the season draws closer and throughout the fall.

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