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Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines lineman Poutasi Poutasi signs with Cal on National Signing Day

Poutasi Poutasi becomes the eighth Cal commit to sign on Wednesday, but his day turned quite somber, quite quickly.

http://www.scout.com/player/197841-poutasi-poutasi?s=166

The eighth commit to fax in his letter of intent on Wednesday, Poutasi Poutasi then went to join his ailing mother in the hospital. A tough day for the guard out of Nevada, most certainly, especially one so committed to family, as we learned as we went Beyond the Commitment with him over the weekend.

https://twitter.com/PPoutasi/status/826859396365905920

ANALYSIS: A former Louisville commit, Poutasi is a dominant, physical, nasty lineman who plays with an edge and finishes plays, with a strong, explosive power base that allows him to bully defenders and knock them back, out of the play.

“Poutasi was highly coveted by many schools and one of the top offensive linemen we’ve seen in this recruiting class," said head coach Justin Wilcox. "He chose Cal late in the recruiting process after he had the chance to visit and get to know our staff. He liked what Cal has to offer both on and off the field.”

He locks out with his arms, keeps his feet churning, finishes his blocks, at both the first and second level. At multiple points in his film, we see him making multiple blocks on the same play. He truly plays whistle-to-whistle, which, given what we've heard about this offense being more run-heavy than the spread we've seen the last three years, makes him quite a nice fit. He's flat-out nasty. He was picked to play in the Polynesian Bowl and the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl, but chose to play in the Poly Bowl in Hawaii on Jan. 21.

http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1750055-beyond-the-commitm...The fact that Poutasi is used to playing with his hand in the dirt is a big plus, as it's expected that that's the direction Cal will go with the new offense. Poutasi has played both guard and tackle, with most of his experience this year coming at right tackle. He's being signed as as a guard, and may wind up getting into the rotation by the end of the season, given the relative lack depth at that position, and his size and strength. Having him and the massive Semisi Uluave on the interior certainly, on the face of things, looks like a winning combination, flanking Addison Ooms and whoever succeeds him, be it Ryan Gibson or 2017 pledge Michael Saffell at center.

NOTES: A three-year starter on the offensive line, won state and Sunset League titles as a 2016 senior, reached the state finals as a 2014 sophomore, and finished the season ranked No. 6 in the state of Nevada in each of his final two seasons as a 2015 junior and senior after ranking No. 12 at the end of his sophomore campaign.

Poutasi helped his senior squad win the NIAA Class 3A state and Southern Sunset League titles while earning Las Vegas Review-Journal All-State honors as well as Class 3A Sunset League and Southern Region Lineman of the Year selections.

Poutasi earned Nevada Division I-A state Lineman of the Year and Las Vegas Review-Journal All-State and first-team All-Sunset League honors as a junior when his team registered an 8-3 overall record as a junior with both of the regular-season losses won on the field but later forfeited before losing for the first time on the field in the semifinals of the NIAA Division I-A Southern playoffs.

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