Vegas OL Has Ties to UCLA

Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines offensive tackle Jeremiah Poutasi was one of the top linemen at the Badger Elite Lineman Challenge and he has a family member currently at UCLA...

Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines offensive tackle Jeremiah Poutasi came to the Badger Elite Lineman Challenge on Saturday, but a time miscommunication kept him from participating.

So he returned on Sunday, and this time he was there when he needed to be. In just one day, Poutasi showed the makings of a potentially elite offensive lineman, looking dominant in 1-on-1's and agile and athletic in the drills.

The 6-5.5, 320-pound Poutasi has one offer already, but as word trickles out, that list figures to grow.

"I have one offer from Idaho and I'm getting letters from Arizona, Oregon and Northern Arizona," said Poutasi. "I'm hoping to hear more from UCLA too. Sam Tai is my cousin and we talk about playing there all the time."

Poutasi plays tackle for Desert Pines, but said he'll play any position on the lines.

"I'm a tackle, and I prefer left tackle, but I'll play anywhere the coaches want me to," said Poutasi.

Poutasi said his film is just starting to make the rounds and he thinks more offers could come in.

"I'm open right now to anyone," said Poutasi. "I like Arkansas and UCLA."

Poutasi's uncle, Tai's dad, played at Weber State under now Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino. In fact, Tai's finalist were those two schools.

"I heard good things about both schools so I'm going to camp at Arkansas and UCLA and then at the Nike Camp in L.A.," said Poutasi.

Academically, he has a 3.2 and took the SAT earlier this month.

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