Jose Jose has always been easy to find. Rarely has Jose, a guard for Miami Booker T. Washington, not been the biggest player on the field, and it's just as rare when he is not one of the best as well.
Last season, Jose - who is 6 feet 2 and 325 pounds - was a sophomore starter on Washington's undefeated Class 5A state championship team. This spring, Jose continued to dominate on the camp circuit, mauling smaller players and pushing around upperclassmen. So far in his junior season, Jose is picking up where he left off.
"I feel like I've been playing the best I've ever played," Jose said. "I'm playing guard and then I've been playing defense mainly on fourth downs at nose guard."
On offense, Jose is all about being "dominant at the line of scrimmage." Defensively, his goal is to "blow up gaps and allow the linebackers to make plays."
The two-way duty is something Jose attributes to his offseason work. While he is a space-eater on defense and a road-grader on offense, he is more sleek and athletic than before.
"I changed my diet up a little bit so that I could drop a couple of pounds," he said. "I just ran extra and lifted harder this summer. Right now, I'm at 325 and I was somewhere near 350. It's definitely showing on the field because there's no way last year I could've played both ways full time. It feels so easy for me now. I feel a lot lighter."
At 355, Jose actually was somewhat nimble. But now that he has lost 30 pounds, he has taken his game to another level. He also likely will be taking his body to another game as well.
"I will be playing basketball for varsity," he said. "Last year, I had a high ankle sprain that kept me home. I talked to the coach this year and I made sure I got everything prepared for the season. That's another reason I wanted to lose the weight. I'm a good rebounder. I can box out.
"I don't care how tall I am, I can box anybody out."
Jose's participation in sports other than football throughout his childhood has contributed to his unique athleticism and allowed him to be able to move the way he does in such a big body.
"Always I've been into sports," he said. "I played basketball my whole life. I was too heavy for (little league) football but I always played flag football. My mom kept me in activities and kept me active."
Growing up, being the biggest kid wasn't always an advantage for Jose, but that is what pushed him to develop into the player he is now.
"Due to the fact that I was overweight, I always tried to outrun and out work the skinnier guys," he said. "It always drove me to be better and faster. I always wanted to be faster and stronger than the fastest guy, and even though I knew I couldn't, it helps me now."
A 325-pound guard with the feet to be a forward on the varsity basketball team is the type of profile college coaches drool over. Consequently, Jose received several oral offers over the summer from schools such as Boston College, West Virginia and Miami.
Now that schools can officially offer juniors, Jose has received written offers in the mail, some of which have come as a bit of a surprise.
"I've picked up numerous written offers from Miami, Central Florida, South Florida, Florida State, Troy, Alabama and Rutgers," he said. "I've always known that I wanted to go to college because my mother made sure of that and made it very clear that I was going to college. But I never thought that I'd have this many people looking at me this early. It's overwhelming, but my mother always tells me to be humble."
Two of his early offers really stood out.
"The Alabama and Florida State offers - those two I was like, 'Whoa,' " he said. "I pretty much had a hint that Miami would offer because I know guys that are there, like Brandon Harris and Thearon Collier, but the Alabama and Florida State offers made me say, 'Wow.'
"They kind of hit me out of the blue; they hadn't sent me any letters or anything."
While many may think a Miami commitment is a foregone conclusion for Jose, he insists that isn't the case.
"I'm wide open," he said. "I love Miami. I love the school. But I have to think about me, what's best academically, athletically, socially. I'm wide open and I have to feel the right thing for me because anything can happen. I have to be somewhere that if I get hurt, then I can live there and be happy."