For the 6’1 300 Pound DL from Federal Way High School in Washington, getting a college scholarship was the goal. A goal which he has achieved by recently committing to play football for the Portland State Vikings. Uso has had an incredible career thus far by recording 17 sacks in 5 games as a sophomore, and going both ways as a junior while recording 5 sacks and leading his team in tackles. This is something that D Lineman rarely are able to achieve and Uso has the kind of motor coaches dream of. Constantly attacking the line of scrimmage while controlling 2 gaps, Uso benches over 400 pounds while squatting over 550. You can only imagine how hard he is to stop in the middle. His overall strength and lightning speed allow him to jump the snap and chase down opposing teams QB’s and RB’s.
This past february Uso suffered thru the tragic loss of his mother, Anna Maria, at the tender age of 47. Uso’s mother was his biggest supporter, she never missed a game always wore his jersey. Uso has vowed to keep the promise he made to his mother of finishing up high school and getting a college degree. Uso has stayed strong and focused on his goals despite the adversity and had a phenomenal offseason. Attending camps and combines throughout the Northwest and dominating at each stop, Uso has separated himself from the pack as one of the top football players in our region.
In July, Head Coach Nigel Burton of Portland State University discovered Uso and offered him a full ride scholarship to play football for the Vikings. After visiting the city of Portland and thinking things thru, Uso decided that becoming a Viking was the move to make. Getting that scholarship is another step on the incredible journey of this young man who is poised to have an outstanding senior campaign for the Federal Way Eagles. Best of luck to Uso and the entire Olive family.