2014 Prospect Likes UCLA

Despite being dismantled for the most part last Friday night, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez has a definite player to build around in junior defensive end Uriah Leiatau...

The Dons fell to a very good Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco team 57-7 last weekend but Uriah Leiataua still made an impact. His sheer size alone catches your eye as he's all of 6-4 and a very well put together 240 pounds. Bosco has one of the biggest lines in the region and Leiatau was the one player for Dominguez able to physically match up.

He was moved around all over the defensive line but mostly played on the strong side over the tight end. He had two sacks, was in the backfield a number of times and showed plenty of quickness off the ball and a high motor to go with his imposing frame.

"I thought I did all right, especially considering they had a really good line," Leiatau said. "I tried to use my speed to get outside but I want to keep working on my technique. I played varsity last year but we were pretty loaded on the defensive line so I didn't start.

"This year will hopefully be my chance to shine a lot more and I'm hoping to prove I'm one of the top juniors in the state. At least that's my goal and I'm working hard to get there."

On the recruiting front, Leiatau is LDS and BYU is the top school right now.

"If I got an offer from BYU, I would be very tempted to commit right then," Leiatau said. "That's the church school and my family really likes BYU a lot. I'm going to try and visit both BYU and Utah next summer for sure.

"Growing up, I was actually a big UCLA fan. Shannon and Sonny Tevaga are my adopted older brothers so they got me really interested in UCLA and I like them a lot as well. Hopefully I can go to some games this season. Right now, I'm really open to everyone and just want to go through the process and see how things play out."

Leiatau said he plans to go on his Mormon mission after attending college for one year but added that will only happen if he signs with BYU. Otherwise, he'll hold off on going on his mission until after college.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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