Isaac Luatua talks arrival

Isaac Luatua, an Alabama signee in the class of 2011, has yet to arrive on the Tuscaloosa campus. He remains in California at La Mirada finishing high school classes. Andrew Bone talked with Luatua about his pre-Alabama workouts and where he plans to start his career in Tuscaloosa.

"We still have a week and a half left of classes," said Isaac Luatua. "Alabama sent me their workouts though. They sent those to me after signing day. I have been getting a lot stronger. I am going to be ready.

Luatua's strength numbers are impressive with a bench of 425-pounds, squat 540-pounds and power clean 315-pounds.

"They want me to start out at center," he said. "I am going to do whatever they tell me to do. I have been doing a lot of conditioning, just getting ready. I am ready to get there and get used to the lifestyle. I will help the team however I can.

"I am really trying to work on my technique as a center. I played center for a little bit in high school, but it was mostly guard. I just want to learn everything I can, as fast as I can. I am coming in late, so I want to learn as quickly as possible."

The 6-foot-2.5, 300-pound signee committed to the University of Alabama when Joe Pendry was the offensive line coach. Coach Pendry retired as a position coach, and Alabama hired Jeff Stoutland.

"I have never met coach Stoutland," said Luatua. "I couldn't make it to the spring game. He has told me to keep training, and when I get there we will see how things go. Coach Stoutland is a good guy. I am ready to work with him."

Luatua will arrive on the Alabama campus July 5.

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