Lotulelei Talks UCLA Offer

Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood wide receiver Inoke Lotulelei talked about his first offer from UCLA and the interest he is receiving from other programs...

Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood wide receiver Inoke Lotulelei landed an offer from the UCLA staff a few weeks back.

"It was a surprise to me," said Lotulelei. "I was at school, our offensive coordinator told me to call UCLA because they were going to offer me. I got nervous and called coach Mazzone, he made the offer. It was exciting being my first offer."

The 5'8" 175lbs prospect has started to learn all he can about the Bruin program.

"Coach Mazzone, I know he is new over there. I knew he ran the offense at ASU," said Lotulelei. "My coach was telling me that at ASU the receiver position that I played got ball a lot. They throw a lot of bubble screens to the slot."

Lotulelei is in the unique position of having a highly touted quarterback on his high school team. Cooper Bateman, the #4 rated quarterback for Scout, also plays at Bingham.

"I always wanted a good highlight film," said Lotulelei. "But with him I never have to make those highlight, diving catches (laugh), the ball is right to me. It has helped having one of the top quarterbacks on my team."

In addition to the UCLA offer, Lotulelei is receiving interest from both in-state schools. He talked about his desire to play college ball close to home.

"I am hearing from BYU and Utah a little bit. I am getting letters from other schools," said Lotulelei. "One of the biggest reasons (he likes in-state schools) is for my family to watch as many games as possible. If I stayed it would be easier for them."

Lotulelei feels like BYU is very close to offering and both UCLA and BYU would fit his plans after high school.

"I am LDS, I am planning on serving my mission," said Lotulelei. "If the school says if they need me that year then I will go after one year, otherwise I'll go right away."

"I know UCLA had a player, Su'a-Filo go on a mission," said Lotulelei. "So it would be fine if I went there."

Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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