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Mateo Poso strives to better himself through the pandemic

Mateo Poso practices at Branham on Feb. 18, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Mateo Poso practices at Branham on Feb. 18, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Branham football has had many great players come through its program in recent years. The Bruins this year have a diamond in the rough with sophomore Mateo Poso, who has head coach Stephen Johnson and his staff excited for the future. 

Poso was a freshman playing on varsity last season for the Bruins and made his presence felt on special teams while also contributing on the defensive side of the ball. The Bruins, with Poso on the roster, had a steller season in 2019, which included 11 wins, a share of the league title and was the Central Coast Section runner-up to Milpitas.  

It’s a big jump for any freshman to skip the freshman and junior varsity levels to play on varsity. Poso said he knew he belonged after the first game and kickoff. 

“My first game, I was playing on special teams and I cracked someone pretty good and my team got really hyped and started hugging me,” Poso said. “That’s when I knew it was my time and that I belonged.” 

Poso came into his high school football career with a bang and has been receiving interest from college football programs. Many coaches are in talks with Poso, such as Arizona State, who offered him a scholarship to play football for the Sun Devils.

This could be daunting for any young athlete, but thankfully Poso’s brother, Frank Poso, has been through the recruiting process and is helping out his little brother. Frank Poso signed a letter of intent last year to play football for the University of Nevada Reno, so, like any good big brother, he is helping Mateo Poso steer through the recruiting process. 

“He definitely helps out on what to say to coaches and helps me with social media workout posts, especially since there has been no season,” Mateo Poso said. “He is also really good about letting me learn the process and not overstepping in my recruiting process.” 

This year has been an obstacle for all California high school kids trying to get recruited from colleges. These students aren’t able to partake in a normal campus visit, check out the facilities and meet up with coaches in person. 

“It is a stressful time for sure, but I’m just trying to get my name out there as much as possible by filling out recruiting questionnaires and keep working out to improve myself everyday,” Poso said. 

Mateo Poso still has a few more years to find the school and football program of his choosing. Mateo Poso’s long-term goal is to one day play in the NFL, but also has other goals of graduating college to hopefully become a firefighter like his uncle.

 “My uncle is a firefighter in Hawaii, so that’s always been a dream of mine, and I would just like to give back to my community and help out,” Mateo Poso said.

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