Versatility Helps Porchivina

John Porchivina

The Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande running back/linebacker, John Porchivina, is hearing from schools for both sides of the ball...

Petaluma (Calif.) Casa Grande running back/linebacker John Porchivina is one of the more versatile two-players in the Bay Area this class.

While a lot of schools like him on defense, Porchivina has his heart on offense.

"Most schools like me as an outside linebacker, but Colorado likes me as a running back," said Porchivina. I like Colorado a lot because I would like to play running back."

The Buffs are one of a host of schools in contact with Porchivina.

"I'm hearing from Colorado, Oregon State, Michigan a little, Washington State, Cal, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah, Boise State and a little from Washington (where his teammate, Elijah Qualls signed this month)," said Porchivina.

And while Ole Miss hasn't been in much contact, the Rebels are Porchivina's dream school.

"I have a brother down there and I've been to their campus a couple of times and just loved it there," said Porchivina. "I'd probably say they're my dream school."

Porchivina is open to going anywhere at this juncture.

"It wouldn't bother me to go anywhere far, I just really want to play," said Porchivina.

Colorado's coaching staff is familiar with Porchivina, several of the coaches having recruited him and seen him when he camped at San Jose State, where most of them were last fall.

"That's how I actually got on Colorado's list," said Porchivina. "I went to the camps at San Jose State and then when they went to Colorado, they kept me on their list."

Porchivina said he patterns his game after former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead.

"We have a lot of the same features, the same size and same speed," said Porchivina. "I feel like we kind of run the same way on offense."

Porchivina plans to camp at the Oakland NFTC and the Oakland Sparq Combine and also plans to go to a couple of college camps.

He'll take the SAT next month.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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