Leiataua Gets First Offer

Compton (Calif.) Dominguez defensive lineman Uriah Leiataua took a pair of unofficial visits to Utah over the weekend to check out BYU and Utah and landed his first scholarship offer.

Uriah Leiataua is one of the top defensive linemen in the West and is currently rated the No. 6 defensive end in the region. He's a big, physical rush end with loads of potential and he's just scratching the surface of how good he can be in a few years.

Leiataua spent the weekend visiting a pair of schools high on his list and walked away with his first scholarship offer.

"I loved both visits, they were great," Leiataua said. "Utah and BYU have great coaching staffs and beautiful campuses. With Utah, I liked how the focus was on academics and getting players to graduate with their degrees in case they don't make it to the next level in football.

"Coach Whittingham proved that with some good hard facts. I also like the alumni support and how well connected everyone is up there at Utah. They take care of their own there and that's good for the future. After my visit, I got a call from my coach at Dominguez and he told me Utah had offered, that's my first one so I was really excited about that and I definitely have a lot of interest in Utah right now."

As for BYU, Leiataua said the trip was a great experience as well.

"BYU was everything that I dreamed about," Leiataua said. "Everyone was so chill there and all the coaches knew who I was before I even got there. They really made me feel welcome and I have a good relationship with Coach Kaufusi, the coach recruiting me.

"They haven't offered yet, they said they want me to camp with them in the summer first and I definitely plan to do that. BYU has always been kind of a dream school for me and if they did offer, it would be tough to turn them down but my coaches want me to go through the recruiting process more so I don't think I'll make an early commitment right away just yet."

Leiataua said his second offer could be close and he'll take a local unofficial visit this weekend.

"I'm going up to UCLA Saturday for spring practice," Leiataua said. "I like UCLA a lot and had a couple of cousins, Shannon and Sonny Tevaga who played there. I've also been hearing a lot from Wisconsin and I know they're close to offering.

"I've been talking with Coach Kauha'aha'a, the DL coach, and it sounds like they're real close. That's a big time school so an offer from them would mean a lot. So right now, things are good, I'm enjoying going through the recruiting process and excited to see how everything plays out."

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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