Lepua is an Emerging Talent

Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne decimated Long Beach Poly (Calif.) 56-0 over the weekend and no one was more impressive than Gaucho defensive lineman Paulo Lepua...

Narbonne has a very good looking team with playmakers on both sides of the ball. If it's possible, the game was actually more lopsided than the score and Narbonne could have easily scored 70 if they didn't shut things down in the third quarter.

Gaucho defensive lineman Paulo Lepua was a monster on the interior of the line and could not be blocked. At about 6-2, 255 pounds, Lepua is one of the most intriguing lineman in the state. He's extremely quick and athletic and dominated an always big and solid Poly offensive line.

Lepua shows great strength getting up the field but his closing speed was what really stood out. He was constantly in the backfield putting pressure on the quarterback and was just far too explosive for any of the Jackrabbit linemen to handle.

He has a great frame and could easily pack on another 25-30 pounds without a problem. Lepua actually reminded us of another former South Bay DL, Junior Tavai, who played at Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa and is now at USC.

"We expected to win this game," Lepua said. "They had beaten us five years in a row so we were ready for them. Poly is known for their offensive line, everyone knows they're always big and strong up front so I tried to use my quickness. We also ran a lot of slants and were able to get in to the backfield."

On the recruiting front, Lepua has seven offers on the table and can definitely play at the high BCS level.

"My offers right now are from Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Oregon State, San Jose State, Colorado and Arizona," Lepua said. "San Jose State is recruiting me the hardest right now and I have a visit set right now for after the season. I also want to visit Hawaii and Oregon State for sure as well.

"I'm not hearing from the local schools, USC or UCLA but hopefully after this game, that will change. My dad really wants me to stay local so he can go see me play and I would love to make him proud. Right now, I'm looking for a school with a good football program and a place that gets their players to the NFL, that's my ultimate goal."

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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