"Arizona State offered me yesterday and I was pretty happy," Poutasi admitted. "He told me some good things about (offensive line) coach Smith and how experienced he is. That's a program that puts lineman in the NFL like my cousin and Shaun Lavaou and that is my goal too.
"He (Fanaika) really wants me to go there because he knows it's a good program, and he lives out there and can look after me. Our families practically grew up together. But he also tells me to take my time and make the right decision for me."
The Desert Pines High School standout, who is being recruited by ASU's defensive coordinator Craig Bray, reported weight room marks of 355 lbs. benching, 530 squatting, and 260 in the power clean.
"Coaches like how athletic I am and how quick I move for my size," the lineman said, "and that I also play with a mean streak and am very physical."
Scott Kennedy, Scout.com's Director of Scouting, offered the following evaluation of the offensive lineman:
"Massive Jeremiah Poutasi is just beginning to learn how good he can be. Incredibly light on his feet for his size, Poutasi is still undisciplined in his technique and was beaten handily by some of the quicker defensive linemen that knew how to use their hands to get Poutasi off balance or set him up for a speed rush. But when it came to the combination of size and quickness, Poutasi was head and shoulders above his line mates.
"He's not the best player right now, but it wouldn't be a surprise if five years from now, he's the most coveted lineman by NFL Scouts of the players that attended the Vegas camp."
The Jaguars were 5-5 last season, but this fact has obviously not affected Poutasi's recruitment, as he currently has 11 offers. His first offer came in January (Idaho), but thanks to a solid showing in the Badger Elite Lineman Challenge held in his hometown, the offensive tackle picked up a slew of offers in the last two months from schools such as Arizona, Oregon State, SMU, UCLA, UNLV, Utah and Washington.
"I'm humbled and excited by all that (recruiting attention)," said Poutasi who is ranked nationally #29 in his position by Scout.com. "I never thought I would be highly recruited like this. I worked even harder after I got my first offer and the offers just started rolling from there."
Aside from visiting UNLV, the lineman did check out UCLA and plans to return to Westwood for another visit in the near future, as well as take a visit to Oregon State. The Sun Devils are also scheduled to get a visit from Poutasi later this month. He is not planning to attend any team camps due to summer school.
Poutasi expressed his desire to leave Las Vegas to play college football, but at the same time confessed that he didn't want to venture too far from his home so his family can attend his games.
"I'm planning to make my decision after the football season," Poutasi commented. "I want to major in broadcasting so the school I go to has to have that major. I want to live in a city that has a good environment and one that I am comfortable in."
Here are some highlights of Poutasi in the event that propelled his recruiting attention, the Badger Elite Lineman Challenge