Luatua Cooling on BYU

With nine offers to date and now Alabama, Oregon and UConn getting in the mix, Isaac Luatua is rapidly becoming one of the visibly recruited offensive linemen in the state of California. Luatua, who is LDS, has meanwhile been hoping BYU will throw its hat in the recruiting ring, but has not yet received a Cougar offer.

Isaac Luatua is one of California's top offensive linemen. He currently holds offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Colorado State, New Mexico, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCLA, Washington State and Wyoming. He now has three more schools jumping into the evaluation process, one of which is the defending national champion.

"I've been talking to Alabama's coaches lately," Luatua said. "I've been talking to Coach Saban and to some of the offensive line coach from there. He talked to me about the school and about their program. He asked me about how I like their play and stuff.

"They really like me, and it's just going through the process right now and they haven't offered me yet. Oregon also came by my school and was checking things out. UConn also has been coming by as well. I've been talking to all of them and they haven't offered me yet."

In a past interview with Total Blue Sports, Luatua expressed interest in receiving a scholarship from BYU.

However, BYU has yet to extend a scholarship offer to Luatua, who is ranked as the nation's No. 19 offensive guard and is a pancake machine on the football field.

"I think they're set for guards and that might be why," Luatau said. "I think they're looking more for tackles in this class. That's what I've heard, and they're just looking more at tackles."

However, Luatua would still like an offer from BYU.

"Yeah, I'm still hoping," he said. "I was kind of hoping before."

Nevertheless, things have changed a bit for Luatua when it comes to BYU.

"When you first talked to me, that was my school," he said. "Ever since then things have kind of been going down. At first it was all about BYU. I was like, 'BYU, that's my school, that's my school.' Ever since then I've been talking to other college coaches that have been recruiting me and now BYU isn't the big school on my mind anymore.

"I never really thought other schools would come after me. Growing up, BYU was my school and I always wanted to go there. Then all these other schools started showing interest in me and now have offered me. Looking at their programs, like Tennessee, they have big-time programs. Schools like Tennessee and Alabama have really risen for me. I'm still at least hoping BYU will offer me, but I don't know."

On Thursday Luatua told James Bryant of, "I'm pretty sure I want to play in the Southeastern Conference. I already have two offers from the SEC schools and one other school is recruiting me a lot."

Luatua plans on taking an official trip out to Rocky Top at some future time and keeps in contact with Coach Harry Hiestand at least once a week. Total Blue Sports will keep track of Luatua's recruiting process and report on any new developments.

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