Las Vegas, Nev.--Although he didn’t receive a scholarship offer on his official visit to Auburn over the weekend, offensive guard prospect Poutasi Poutasi said he is encouraged by what he heard from the AU coaches.
“They told me to just wait to the last week and see how everything plays out with recruiting,” Poutasi said. “They said to enjoy myself next week while I?play in the Polynesian Bowl (a high school all-star game in Hawaii).”
Poutasi said that he will likely take another visit to the SEC to check out Ole Miss prior to the Feb. 1st signing day and may take a midweek official visit. The prospect said Auburn "set the bar pretty high" for others to beat.
“It was a great visit,” he said. “Everything is beautiful. Small-town football, I love everything about it. It was a once in a lifetime kind of deal. I always wanted to play in a small town where everybody is supporting you. Everything was great, especially the food.
“I saw a lot of things,” he said. “I saw downtown and it was great. Kaleb Kim was my host. He is a great guy and I got to spend plenty of time with him to hang out and just chill.”
Commenting on AU offensive line coach Herb Hand, the recruit said, “Great guy, loved him, loved his personality, loved what he is all about.
“I saw some film from Auburn and everything is A-OK. An offer would mean a whole lot. I love the place and it made me feel at home.”
Poutasi played on a state championship team in Nevada.
Poutasi said he plans to have a decision by Jan. 30th or on signing day. Formerly committed to Louisville, he is considering San Diego State, Nevada, UCF, Utah State in addition to Auburn and Ole Miss.
The prospect said that Hand told him he would be a good fit on Auburn’s offensive line because of his athletic ability and overall quickness.
“They welcomed me with open arms,” he said of why he liked the visit. “All of the players are nice--not like snotty-nosed players. Nobody puts themselves above the others. Everybody puts the team above themselves so it was great.”