Mike Iupati moved from American Samoa just four years ago and has already proved himself as a top-notch High School player in one of the hardest places to do so in the states - Southern California. The Colorado staff has been by his school this month and Mike is very interested in the Buffs."> Mike Iupati moved from American Samoa just four years ago and has already proved himself as a top-notch High School player in one of the hardest places to do so in the states - Southern California. The Colorado staff has been by his school this month and Mike is very interested in the Buffs.">

CU Visits School of Anaheim Lineman

<a href="http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=148&p=8&c=1&nid=1211892">Mike Iupati</a> moved from American Samoa just four years ago and has already proved himself as a top-notch High School player in one of the hardest places to do so in the states - Southern California. The Colorado staff has been by his school this month and Mike is very interested in the Buffs.

Height: 6-6
Weight: 290
40 time: 5.4
From: Anaheim, California
High School: Western

"Colorado seems like a school that is good at everything," says Iupati. "They are good in every sport."

The Buffs are sitting in his top five with USC, Oregon, Arizona, and Arizona State. All five schools have been by Western High this month to acquire more info on the big lineman.

Mike says he is not sure what side of the ball schools want him at yet. "I prefer to play defensive tackle but I am really good on offense."

Iupati is still getting acquainted with the English language as he spoke very little of it in his homeland. He struggled a bit with school when he first came to the U.S. so a couple of classes he took when he first came, he will have to re-take this summer. "I am going to have to take an Algebra and Chemistry class over the summer so it will be hard for me to make a lot of summer camps."

He still does, however, plan to attend camps at USC and Arizona State.

Although Mike was a born Christian and practiced the religion in American Samoa, his family in the states are devout Mormons. Thus, he has decided to follow their lead and will be baptized and convert religions this Sunday. So now will he take his mission directly after High School?

"If I get a scholarship I think I will go to college first and then take my mission"

Iupati is unsure of his current core GPA and says he will be consulting with his counselor soon to get signed up for the ACT or SAT.


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