The Hiva Lutui Effect

One of the best interior linemen in the country has made his decision to take his game to the West Coast. Find out what Scout300 OG Hiva Lutui will be bringing to UCLA in this Instant Impact feature.

Name: Hiva Lutui
High School: Euless Trinity (Texas)
Height: 6'3
Weight: 270

The Story:
The first time I talked with the Scout.com 4-star prospect he told me that he had dreams of playing on the West Coast. There were some family ties to many programs out west for him, but after a visit to UCLA he knew he had found his future home and would realize his dream of playing for a Pac 12 power.

Strengths:
Lutui is the heart and soul of an offensive line that cleared the way for massive numbers on the ground in 2010 and up until the final game Trinity was considered as the most talented team in the country. He can pull with ease and is super strong at the point of attack. He will play either guard spot, but likely the team is running behind him wherever he lines up, literally. While watching the games from up in the press box you can dial in on #77 just to see where the play is going to go. Opposing teams know how to read the plays as well, but that does little in the way of trying to stop them, because Lutui is just that formidable. He is an excellent guard prospect, but he would also make a great center and it would be no surprise to see him get some work out at that position in college. He plays with great pad level and because of that he is able to control the line of scrimmage.

Weaknesses:
Lutui does not have ideal size and that kept some of the bigger local programs from stepping up with offers. He will also need to work hard to continue to become a complete lineman. His team just does not throw the ball a whole lot, so he will need to keep plugging away on his pass blocking skills.

Impact Report:
It is hard to project how early he could see the field, but he will definitely need to add some weight to his frame before getting started, so a red-shirt year will likely be in the cards. He may be a player who projects out to see his upside down the road, but once he hits the field he will be a terror.

Potential: All-Pac 12

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