‘Dogs Land DT

‘Dogs Land DT

Fresno State needed to sign at least four defensive linemen in the 2011 class, the Bulldogs will ink five, including one of the East Bay's top prospects…

Maurice Poyadue (6-2, 280) was named to the Contra Coast Times Cream of the Crop earlier this month. While the standout prospect can play both offensive and defensive lines, Fresno State sees him as the prototypical 3-technqiue defensive tackle.

He took an unofficial visit with friend Trevor Davis – a Hawaii commit that had interest in the ‘Dogs at the time – to Fresno in October.

"I went up to the Cal Poly game, I gave [Fresno State] my film, and they offered me two days after that," said Poyadue.

"I really didn't know much about Fresno State, but Trevor loved it. I told him if he took me up to Fresno to meet the coaches, I would take him to Nevada with me. I was surprised how quick I got the [Fresno State] offer."

Poyadue says he made a soft verbal commitment to Bulldogs in October, and the Bulldog coaches encouraged him to explore his options and visit other schools since it was his first offer.

He eventually landed offers from Nevada and San Jose State. He took his first official visit to Fresno on Dec. 10 and followed it up with official visits to Reno (Dec. 17) and San Jose (Jan. 14). "Right after my SJSU visit, I emailed [Fresno State] and said [my commitment] was solid," said Poyadue. "It was by far the best school for me.

"I decided I wanted to play underneath Logan Harrell. I liked the school. Everything is top notch. The coaches were knowledgeable and laid back.

Poyadue's plan is to play as true freshman, but he has no problems redshirting considering he will have to battle Harrell and Anthony Williams for playing time. "I got to get stronger and got to understand football more [to compete with them]," chuckled Poyadue. "I got to work on my hand skills. I got a lot to learn. I wish Chris Carter was going to be there too [to help me].

"I'm fast and I'm quick. I'm strong, but my quickness is what gets me ahead of everyone else."

He has 4.92 speed and a wrestling background. He is very similar to current Bulldog redshirt freshman Tyler Davison.

"I wrestled eight years," added Poyadue. "I had a great [junior] season. I was seeded fourth in sections but I didn't place because I had a bad day. I lost twice to guys I had beat the week before. That's why I say it was a bad day."

Poyadue finished with 20 sacks (17 solo, 6 assists) in 2010. Academically, he reports a 2.7 core GPA. He scored a 1300 on the SAT.

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