Leiataua Visits UCLA

The Compton (Calif.) Dominguez defensive end, Uriah Leiataua, visited UCLA on Saturday and he's got a lot of family ties to UCLA...

Compton (Calif.) Dominguez defensive end Uriah Leiataua had a busy week, visiting three schools and getting his first offer.

Leiataua was offered by Utah earlier in the week on an unofficial visit and then visited BYU.

On Saturday, Leiataua visited UCLA for their spring practice.

"It was real intense, especially the hitting drills and it was pretty fun there," said Leiataua. "Everything was at a high emotion and they treated it like a game. The coaches were pretty intense. Coach (Eric) Yarber (who's recruiting Leiataua) was going nuts out there. It was fun to watch."

Leiataua grew up going to UCLA games, his older brothers Sonny Tevaga and Shannon Tevaga playing for UCLA in the 2000s.

"I grew up watching UCLA and I remember going to all their games, even though they weren't very good, but we went to all the games to watch my brothers," said Leiataua. "My sister goes there for grad school. It would be really hard to turn a UCLA offer down."

Leiataua said that UCLA coaches want him to come to their camp and they'll also come visit him during the spring.

A good friend and former teammate, Lacy Westbrook, is currently at UCLA.

"Lacy made me a better person," said Leiataua. "He went all out and made me a better player. He made every player that lined up against him suck because he was so good. When you went up against him, he made you work hard."

Leiataua said he plans to take a few more visits this spring.

"I want to try to get up there to Washington," said Leiataua. "Coach Tosh (Lupoi) is recruiting me. And Wisconsin, Coach Chad (Kauhaaha) wants me to save an official visit for them."

Utah offered Leiataua on his unofficial this past week, which was a relief to him.

"It was a huge relief because I was wondering when I was going to get an offer," said Leiataua. "Coach (Sharieff) Shah, who used to be at Dorsey, was who offered me."

Leiataua said he planned to camp at UCLA and may do a few more camps come the summer.

Academically, he's got a 4.2 GPA and will take the SAT in May.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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