Lutui Talks Mostly About Three

Th #13-ranked offensive tackle in the nation, Hiva Lutui from Euless (Tex.) Trinity, said he doesn't have a favorite, but three programs seem to be rising to the top. With UCLA, the Bruins now have a recruiter very close to Lutui...

Euless (Texas) Trinity offensive guard Hiva Lutui has enjoyed playing his high school ball in the Lone Star State, but the California native said he's hoping to head West to play his college ball.

"The football here is intense and we play the best of the best," said Lutui. "But I miss the weather of California. This heat here, if you can play in it, you can play in anything. But it's nothing like in California."

Lutui has a number of scholarship offers, including from a couple of in-state schools, but his top schools all reside in the Pac-12.

"Right now, I don't really have a favorite, but I like UCLA, Oregon State and Utah a lot," said Lutui. "I'd say that all three of them are recruiting me the hardest."

Lutui said he doesn't plan to make an early decision, instead hoping to take all five of his official visits.

"I will for sure visit Oregon State, Utah and UCLA," said Lutui. "I took an unofficial visit to UCLA when I went back to California earlier this summer. I loved it there. The campus is really nice and I really like the coaches. Coach Inoke (Breckterfield) is a great guy and I got to spend a lot of time with Coach (Bob) Palcic and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel."

The four-star also has a newly-made connection to the Bruins, as his first cousin, Isaiah Folasa, just committed to UCLA.

"Me and ‘Saiah talk about playing together in college all the time and it would be really cool," said Lutui. "But he isn't putting any pressure on me to come to UCLA. We both know we have to do what's best for us."

In the meantime, Utah and Oregon State are making a big push for Lutui.

"Coach (Kelly) Sitake, Coach (Tim) Davis and Coach (Norm) Chow are all recruiting me pretty hard for Utah," said Lutui. "And at Oregon State, Coach (Mike) Cavanaugh is recruiting me really hard. I met Isaac Seumalo when I was at UCLA and I know he's going there and we're friends now."

Lutui said his primary focus right now is on Trinity's season. Last year, they rolled through the regular season only to lose a stunner in the state playoffs.

"That made us mad," said Lutui. "And now we're focused. We read the newspapers too much, about how we were going to win everything and we lost focus. The seniors this year won't let that happen."


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