Busy Times for Lepua

The Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne defensive end, Paulo Lepua, is balancing recruiting and the playoffs...

Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne defensive end Paulo Lepua (6-3, 265), is up to double digit offers, and this week, has had a couple of in-home visits.

"Bowling Green just offered me most recently," said Lepua, who also has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon State, San Jose State, Utah State and Washington State.

On Wednesday night, Arizona State and Washington State were in for –in-home visits with Lepua, and he'll visit both of those schools in January.

"Coach (Dennis) Simmons and Coach (Joe) Saleve'a came for Washington State and I'm going there the weekend of January 11th," said Lepua. "Coach (Delvaughn) Alexander came from Arizona State and I'm going there on January 18th."

Lepua isn't locking the other three visits in just yet.

"The other three, I'm leaving them open and seeing where else I want to visit," said Lepua.

Narbonne is ranked #3 in California by GoldenStatePreps.com, and if it's up to Lepua, he's hoping to take all of his visits in January.

"Its been a good thing to be busy this year, because we're winning a lot," said Lepua. "I didn't want to take my visits and miss practice or time with my team."

Narbonne plays on Saturday for the CIF-City Section title against Crenshaw, the Gauchos going for their second straight City Section title and a spot in the Southern California regional game next weekend.

"We've never gone that far, we've just won the City Championship, so we have a chance to win state and that's exciting, but we'll have a tough game with Crenshaw on Saturday," said Lepua. "We have a big opportunity to do something that's never been done before."

Lepua said the offense has gotten the deserved attention for Narbonne this year, but his mates on defense have made an impression as well, including a shutout of Long Beach Poly, who'll play for the CIF-SS Pac-5 title this weekend.

"We have a very strong defense, and we don't get as much credit as our offense, but we're very strong defensively," said Lepua. "It's not just our offense doing work."

Lepua has played a little offense, catching a 1-yard touchdown pass as a goalline fullback. But his future is on defense.

"I'm getting recruited mostly as a defensive end, but some schools like me as a defensive tackle," said Lepua. "Arizona State said they'd want me to get bigger and be a defensive tackle, so that would be cool."

For now, though, Lepua's only worried about creating a legacy at Narbonne.

"It's exciting to be recruited and have an opportunity to play in college, and I'll get to take my visits in January," said Lepua. "But I'm wanting to win a couple of championships."

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout.com Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout.com network since 2003.
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