Luatua Checks Out Chapel Hill

For his first out-of-state recruiting trip, Isaac Luatua visited Duke, North Carolina and NC State – three schools that are within 30 minutes of each other and have expressed interest in the 6-foot-2, 299-pound offensive guard – last week.

"It was pretty good," Luatua said. "North Carolina has pretty good facilities and their team looked pretty good [and] their coaches were nice and cool."

Bryan Peters, Luatua's La Mirada (Calif.) teammate, accompanied him on the three-school tour. The duo arrived in N.C. last Thursday and proceeded to UNC where they were given a tour of the campus.

"I just like the football facilities [and] how much work they've put into it," Luatua said. "Football is pretty big at North Carolina."

On Friday, Luatua and Peters made visits to both Duke and NC State.

"[Those visits] were pretty good," Luatua said. "It was not as good as North Carolina, but they have good facilities and academic stuff."

Luatua and Peters returned to Chapel Hill on Saturday where they had lunch with the other recruits on campus before watching UNC's Spring Game.

"I got goose bumps when the players came out and right when the game started," Luatua said. "Their pre-game was pretty cool. The players really got after it."

Following the game, Luatua and Peters met with Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach.

"He was just telling us how much he liked us and talked about how they run the program there," Luatua said.

Pittman also discussed where things stood with a possible UNC scholarship offer.

"He said they've offered a lot of linemen and they only have a certain amount of spots," Luatua said. "He said they're going to wait on the offers they have out now and then they'll talk to us later in the recruiting process.

"But they also like me at D-line."

Luatua says he admired Pittman's honesty.

"Some coaches will just tell us random stuff," Luatua said. "[Pittman] told us the truth.

"It didn't eliminate [UNC]. When I went there, it actually made me like UNC even more. It didn't hurt their chances."

Eight schools have offered Luatua a scholarship – Arkansas, Boston College, Colorado State, New Mexico, Tennessee, UCLA, Washington State, and Wyoming. Tennessee, he says, is recruiting him the hardest.

Every school is recruiting Luatua as an offensive lineman. However, he's not opposed to playing on the defensive line in college.

"It doesn't matter to me [what position I play]," Luatua said. "Offensive line, defensive line – it doesn't matter. I just want to get on the field as soon as I can."

Luatua, who isn't favoring any schools, aims to make a verbal commitment before the football season. He hopes to assemble a favorites list after the Evaluation Period.

UCLA is the only other school Luatua has visited. He plans to schedule several trips during the summer, but isn't sure of the destinations.

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