Prep soccer preview 2022: OL Raymond Pulido prepared for giant time

Third in a sequence of tales profiling prime highschool soccer gamers by place. At this time, Raymond Pulido, Apple Valley offensive lineman.

Raymond Pulido is so big that you just marvel if the bottom goes to shake with every step he takes on the soccer area.

At 6 toes 7 and 350 kilos, whereas sporting measurement 17 sneakers, he towers over a lot of his teammates at Apple Valley Excessive the place he’ll play offensive guard for his senior season.

Final spring, he had transferred to Bellflower St. John Bosco.

“It’s definitely been an adjustment,” he stated on the time. “I love it out here. I miss my old school, of course, and old friends, but it’s been amazing meeting new people and learning new things about football.”

The choice to change faculties was an try and problem him on the highest stage and put together him for school soccer.

He instantly discovered the sport was a lot sooner making an attempt to dam athletes with pace he wasn’t acquainted.

“The transition has been a little bumpy, but I’m enjoying the ride,” he stated within the spring.

St. John Bosco coach Jason Negro stated “without a doubt” Pulido match the profile of a lineman able to making an affect.

“He’s a very talented player,” he stated. “He has the size, the strength and right mindset. He’s a big dude. I certainly wouldn’t want to have to deal with the grocery bill his family has to deal with.”

Then the choice was made in July to return to Apple Valley after household issues required him to remain within the space.

Wherever he’s residing, the grocery payments are out of this world.

Guess which merchandise occupies probably the most room within the household fridge?

“Milk,” Pulido stated. “I drink so much milk, I feel sorry for my parents.”

Shopping for a cow as a substitute of a automotive could be a wise household choice. He consumes 4 gallons of milk in every week. He additionally likes buffets and peanut butter sandwiches. His father, Robert, performed soccer at San Fernando and favored lots of the similar meals selections, together with milk.

Pulido remembers being so sturdy rising up that he as soon as tossed a child and broke his arm. He needed to study to be gentler off the sphere. He nonetheless gives a hand to assist these he knocks down on the sphere, however he stated, “As soon as that whistle blows, I’m hitting somebody.”

He beforehand performed offensive deal with and was studying the guard place at St. John Bosco. Now he’ll play guard at Apple Valley to arrange him for school.

“I love playing guard,” he stated. “Pulling and hitting guys is so much fun.”

At Apple Valley, taking part in on the offensive and defensive traces, Pulido helped lead the group to an 11-4 document final season and a spot within the Southern Part Division 3 last.

Alabama, UCLA, Oregon, Louisville and Michigan are recruiting him and a school announcement is scheduled for Saturday.

“He learned pretty much how to play big, that foot work is important and you don’t open your hips,” his father stated of his St. John Bosco expertise. “It was a different level of football.”

Offensive linemen to look at

Identify, College, Ht., Wt., Yr., Remark

Brandon Baker, Mater Dei, 6-5, 285, Jr. Large-time line recruit

Luke Baklenko, Oaks Christian, 6-6, 300, Sr. Stanford commit retains bettering

Nathan Gates, Edison, 6-5, 280, Sr. Large physique, massive effort each play

Racin Delgatty, St. Francis, 6-4, 305, Sr. All-CIF participant with rising power

Elishah Jackett, El Modena, 6-7, 280, Sr. Washington commit with measurement, power and large upside

Sean Na’a, St. John Bosco, 6-4, 275, Sr. Basically sound, nice work ethic

Raymond Pulido, Apple Valley, 6-6, 350, Sr. Able to have dominating season

Tobias Raymond, Ventura, 6-7, 250, Sr. USC commit with bettering abilities

BJ Tolo, Mater Dei, 6-1, 290, Sr. Has began each sport since freshman yr

Kahlee Tafai, Leuzinger, 6-5, 310, Sr. Making regular progress to develop into standout

Tomorrow: Jaden Rattay, L.A. Lincoln receiver.