March 13, 2009

Sapolu discusses his commitment

In sports, there are bloodlines and then there are BLOODLINES. And Roman Sapolu, the 6'2", 250 lb offensive lineman out of Huntington Beach (CA) Edison definitely has the all caps version of the word.

His dad, Jesse Sapolu, was an ironman in the NFL, spending his whole career with the San Francisco 49ers. He played in 182 games from 1983 to 1997, starting 154 games. In addition, the elder Sapolu collected 4 Super Bowl rings.

And now Roman is looking to carry on the torch of the family name in football. Last week he received his first college offer from Oregon State. Less than 12 hours later, he made a verbal commitment to become a Beaver.

"I was recruited by O-line coach Mike Cavanaugh," said Sapolu. "I'm real excited to learn from him."

Sapolu, who played right tackle last year, is moving to center on his high school team this year. He says that he'll likely end up at "either center or guard" at the next level.

And he's already preparing for next season. While he used to play volleyball, he stopped to focus strictly on football. His offseason workout program consists of lifting and running. In addition, he gets some extra special attention from a two time NFL pro-bowler.


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