The 6-6, 350-pound powerhouse lineman from Snow College said the Trojans has three graduating seniors on their offensive line and was told he would have a good opportunity to compete for a starting spot on a team that is likely to be crowned one of several national college champions if it defeats Michigan in the Rose Bowl.
What separates Lutui from most other 5-star rated lineman is his excellent speed, quickness and strength for a young man his size.
Lutui's only remaining recruiting visit scheduled will be to BYU on Jan. 16. "I'm not sure when I will commit, but I'll decide after my last trip. It just depends how the flow goes."
The LDS junior college prospect said USC's head coach Pete Carroll will schedule an in-home visit with his parents, Inoke and Mele Lutui, in Mesa, Ariz., after the January "dead (no contact) period", as will BYU head coach Gary Crowton. Nebraska assistant Ron Brown has already visited with his parents since head coach Frank Solich was fired some weeks ago.
When asked pointedly what advantage each of the three schools had over the others, Lutui responded:
NEBRASKA – "It's a great O-Linemen school;
USC – Norm Chow (Trojans offensive coordinator who is also LDS);
BYU – Family (close cousins Ofa Mohetau, T.J. Sitake and David Tafuna also play for the Cougars).
"I am looking for a place I can better myself as a student athlete and utilize my talents."
Lutui graduates in April and will report this summer to the school of his choice.
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