Steve Greatwood and Marques Tuiasosopo visited lineman Poutasi Poutasi in his home on Sunday night

Uncommitted three-star offensive lineman Poutasi Poutasi chats about his in-home visit with Steve Greatwood and Marques Tuiasosopo.

One of the new California coaching staff's first offerees is already more than familiar with the Bears' new offensive line coach, Steve Greatwood.

Three-star guard Poutasi Poutasi, who hosted Greatwood and not-yet-officially-announced quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo, has been in the same living room with Greatwood, before, when the then-Oregon offensive line coach recruited his cousin, Samuelu Poutasi.

"He recruited my cousin, Sam, and he went to their house, and I was always at their house, so I would always see him," Poutasi said. "He helped out at a camp that I participated in, two summers ago, or last summer, so I've known coach Greatwood for a while.

"They were here for a good, 30, 45 minutes, and we were just talking about how I'd fit into the school, that I would really love it up there, and I think that I really would. I scheduled a visit with them Friday, on the 27th, and everything will be good."

Poutasi was offered by the Bears shortly after Greatwood was announced as the new offensive line coach last week, and it was the second Pac-12 offer for the 2017 guard, who is still, as yet, unattached.

Poutasi, formerly a commit to Louisville, has offers from Colorado StateNevada, UtahUtah State, Fresno State, Hawaii, San Diego State and UNLV, and took an official visit to Auburn earlier this month. He now has another one scheduled: This coming weekend, for Berkeley.

"I was shocked, extremely shocked," Poutasi said. "A sense of relief just fell over my body, you know? It was my first [sic] Pac-12 offer, and to be from Cal-Berkeley, it just made it all the better. Their great, academically, and they live up to their reputation. It's really great there. It's close to home."

Poutasi has over a 3.0 GPA ("I haven't looked at my transcript lately; they've seen it, though," Poutasi laughed, referring to Cal) and after his offer, headed off to Hawaii for the Polynesian Bowl, where he met current Bears center commit Michael Saffell, the big redhead who says he was "adopted" by the Poly Bowl. Though the two played on opposing teams, Saffell and Poutasi did get a chance to sit down and chat about the Bears.

"He told me it was a great place," Poutasi said. "When he committed, he committed because of academics, and football was just his bonus. When he heard coach Greatwood was coming, he was even all the more excited, because he knows coach Greatwood is a great guy."

Having Tuiasosopo -- who will be coaching the young men Poutasi would be tasked with protecting -- in his home was particularly meaningful for Poutasi, given the island connection.

"It does great things, having somebody to relate to, along with the family, and I have a lot of family over there," Poutasi said. "Just having somebody to relate to, you know, I have some 'Poly problems,' you know, so it's great to have someone that you can talk to, and somebody who will understand you. Actually, the same goes for coach Greatwood. I think he understands, because he's been coaching for a very long time, now, and he's come across some great Polynesians, so he knows the problems and stuff."

Poutasi has Utah State coming for an in-home visit on Tuesday, and had an in-home visit earlier with Nevada.

As soon as Poutasi gets home, after his official this weekend, he'll have to make a decision, with National Signing Day on Feb. 1.

"It's going to be between me and my family," Poutasi said. 

Will he announce on Signing Day, or before?

"It really depends on the visit," he said. "Most likely, it's going to be on Signing Day." Top Stories