In an offensive scheme as dynamic as the one run by the University of Arizona, it is imperative to have offensive linemen capable of fitting into a variety of roles.
Las Vegas Desert Pines 2016 offensive lineman Samuelu Poutasi is one of those players.
“The thing that teams and coaches seem to like about me is that with my build I can move into the interior part of the line if need be,” Poutasi said. “Right now, I’m playing tackle, but a lot of teams project me as moving to the guard position.
"I’m okay with that because it means that teams think I’m doing something right. The other thing I hear is that teams like my nastiness and aggression in the trenches.”
The 6-foot-3, 310-pound three-star lineman attributes his effectiveness to his desire to succeed.
“I just love football," he said. "I want to play the game for as long as possible.
"While some guys get super excited by scoring a touchdown, it’s always been a huge deal for me to win my battle in the trenches. I’ve got the mentality that I’m going to outwork my opponent every time.”
Poutasi claims seven offers at the moment, but that number is likely to grow.
“I have offers from Nevada, UNLV, San Diego State, Hawaii, Northern Arizona, Washington State and Oregon State," he said.
"I’m also hearing from places like Arizona, but there hasn’t been anything definitive from them. Coach Lockwood was here the previous week."
Arizona is somewhat new to the recruitment and Poutasi is hoping to learn more.
"It seems they like me, but there are limits on how much they can talk to me," Poutasi said. "I don’t know a lot about them, but it’s early. We’ll see what happens.”