"I don't care about depth charts."

The big guy came from across the country to play for the head coach of the University of Alabama. "I will fight for, sell out everyday to make them proud and show them how fortunate and grateful I am for this opportunity." Issac Luatua is featured.


Isaac Luatua
Scout.com Rating: Three-star
Scout.com Rank: No. 18 offensive guard
Size: 6-foot-3, 285-pounds
Hometown: La Mirada High School La Mirada, Calif.
Projected Position: Center/Guard
Stats: Luatua was a standout on the offensive and defensive line. He played in the Offense-Defense All-American game.

Commit Date: 6/8/2010
Recruiting Competition: Arkansas, Boston College, UConn, Tennessee, UCLA

Why Alabama: "I want to play for Coach Saban. He's a winner, tough, hard-nosed, preaches toughness and discipline. Coach Saban and Coach (Jim) McElwain are guys that I will fight for, sell out everyday to make them proud and show them how fortunate and grateful I am for this opportunity.

"I also understand that getting a degree from Alabama will help me in life after football. There just isn't another place like it, and it's a perfect fit.

"I don't care about depth charts. I'm going to Alabama and the tradition, fan support and the academics were all the determing factor in my decision. I'm going to give everything I got to the University of Alabama and to the state of Alabama."

Strengths/Improvements: "I'm explosive. I get after the guy in front of me fast and try to knock him down. I'm very physical. But I want to try and stay lower and not always have to outmuscle guys."

Coach Quotes (La Mirada Head Coach Mike Moschetti): "Isaac's a kid who has everything you want in a football player. When I quarterbacked at Colorado in the 90s my center was Andre Gurode (a 4-time NFL pro bowler with the Dallas Cowboys), and Isaac is the best I've been around.

"What many of the schools who were recruiting Isaac loved about him was his ability to play center, guard and defensive line. He's compact, he can run, he's athletic, and he's only 16. He can bench 225 pounds 24 times. Isaac's a tough, hard-nosed winner.

"His goal was to play in the SEC. When Alabama came out here and won the Rose Bowl it made a big impact on these West Coast guys. He wants to get away from home and play for Coach Saban.

"Isaac's a very humble kid from a great family. He didn't like all the recruiting attention, but was grateful to have it. He's a quiet, 'yes sir, no sir' kid, who will go to Alabama, get his degree, keep his mouth shut, and work extremely hard in the process. He never misses a game, practice, or time in the weight room, just an amazing work ethic.

"He does whatever the team needs him to. I don't think he understands how great he is, not that he's lacking in confidence. He told me he wakes up every morning, looks in the mirror, and says he's going to outwork every kid in the country. His goal is to get better and stronger until he's reached perfection."

Scout.com says: Luatua plays defensive tackle and offensive guard for his La Mirada team, but he projects full time to the offensive side of the ball on the next level. Naturally strong and a hard worker, Luatua is a people mover through sheer natural ability. He needs to work on his pad level, hand placement and overall technique in most phases of the game, but his size and aggresiveness make him an asset in the running game immediately."

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