Height: 6-5 Weight: 323 Age: 30
Born: 3/15/1986 Compton , CA
Selected By: San Francisco 49ers
Pick (Overall): 8 (39)
A highly decorated offensive tackle coming out of high school, Chilo Rachal would be the first to tell you that 21 games as a starter in three years at Southern California is not much of a resume for professional teams to evaluate.
Family issues forced the junior to enter the 2008 NFL Draft, despite urging from the USC coaching staff to return for one more season. Rachal's mother was diagnosed with a stomach tumor and is still awaiting insurance approval for treatment, necessitating Rachal's decision to jump to the NFL.
Head coach Pete Carroll said Rachal informed him that he would make himself available for the NFL draft. Carroll was disappointed he did not consult him before making his decision. Rachal did not apply for a pre-draft evaluation, knowing he was planning to turn pro regardless of their evaluation.
At Dominguez High School, Rachal earned 2003 Super Prep and Prep Star All-American honors. He was a member of the Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Lemming Top 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honor-able mention, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 second- team and All-CIF Southern Section first-team squads.
The All-CIF Division III, Los Angeles Times All-Southeast/South Coast Lineman of the Year added Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team first-team and All-Conference honors as a senior offensive lineman, despite playing in only four games due to a knee injury. He was rated the 12th-best offensive tackle in the country, ranked 12th overall on the Super West 60 and 11th on the California Top 100 lists by Rivals.com.
Rachal enrolled at Southern California in 2004, spurning scholarship offers from Arizona State, California, Michigan, San Jose State, UCLA and Washington. He competed as an offensive guard and tackle, but underwent left knee arthroscopic surgery in mid-September that kept him away from practices until October.
In 2005, Rachal appeared in all 13 games as a reserve offensive guard. He saw most of his action on special teams with the field goal/placement units. He earned Sophomore All-American and All-Pac-10 Conference second-team honors in 2006, starting every game, except vs. Washington, at right offensive guard. He was part of a young line that paved the way for an offense that generated 391.8 yards and 30.5 points per game.
As a junior, Rachal picked up All-American and All-Pac-10 Conference first-team honors despite missing three games after he suffered right knee ligament damage in the Washington game. He posted 80 knockdowns when healthy, leading the way for an improved rushing attack that averaged 197.2 yards per game, compared to 128.0 yards the previous season.
Talking about his son's decision to forgo his final season at Southern California, Charles Rachal said he thought family medical issues influenced his son's decision. "I think it played a considerable role because he loves his mama," he said. Charles Rachal said he did not expect his son to change his mind. "He's right around the corner from his degree," he said.