Long Road to D-1

4 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Friday, August 25 2017 Aug 25, 2017 August 25, 2017 3:54 PM August 25, 2017 in Sports

ELSA - The weight room, Gabriel Armendariz's home away from home.

"I've put on plenty of gains since I got out of high school," says Armendariz.

In high school Armendariz could bench 225 pounds. That number is now up to 395 pounds.

"Kind of helps when you're going against guys that are 300 pounds in front of you," says Armendariz.

After high school, Armendariz played on the offensive line at division three Sul Ross State.

"I did great there," says Armendariz. He adds "I was on the field every game, also threw the discus and shotput, I placed fourth in conference for them. I just felt like I was more talented than that."

In order to increase his exposure he left for Victor Valley Vollege, a junior college in California.

"I went through a struggle, I was in a two bedroom apartment with six guys," says Armendariz.

On the field he excelled.

"They moved me to defensive end because I was a big strong, athletic guy. I could get off blocks and I could hit the quarterback," says Armendariz.

After one season division one schools were after the shaggy haired lineman. He chose Prairie view A&M, where he'll play on a full ride scholarship.

Armendariz adds, "They know that I can get on the field and make an impact now because I've already had that college experience play."

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