Prime Time Polynesian Kumite Notebook

A look at some recruiting news and notes from the Prime Time Polynesian Kumite Camp, including several UCLA targets...

One of the best camps of the circuit was the Prime Time Polynesian Kumite Camp at Corona (Calif.) HS, bringing together several of the top lineman in the West, including six Scout 300 members and the top tight end, safety, offensive tackle, offensive guard and defensive tackle in California.  Here is a look at the recruiting news and notes from the camps top prospects.


La Mirada (Calif.) tight end Tyler Luatua..
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Luatua Setting Trips

La Mirada (Calif.) tight end Tyler Luatua, the No. 2-ranked tight end nationally, has one official visit set up.

"I'm visiting Alabama for the LSU game," said Luatua, who's brother, Isaac, is a sophomore with the Tide.

And two more schools will get visits from him.

"I think I'm going to set up a visit to Texas and I'm going to visit Ohio State," said Luatua.  "I'm going to take all five (trips)."

Luatua said he's also considering a few Pac-12 schools, including UCLA and Washington, if he visits West Coast schools, but said he's leaning towards leaving the region.

He'll be playing in The Opening in July.


Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Juju Smith.
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JuJu Knows Three

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly safety Juju Smith was one of the few skill guys to attend the camp, but he made the most of his time there.

"It was a lot of fun being with my family here," said Smith.  "I wouldn't want to be a lineman though.  I prefer safety and receiver over lineman any day."

Good thing for Smith, the No.1-ranked safety in the country, every one prefers him as a safety or a receiver.

Smith is considering a handful of schools.

"Michigan, Alabama, Ohio State, USC, Ole Miss, UCLA and Notre Dame are the main ones," said Smith.  "Washington also has been picking up their interest."

The five-star said he'll take all five official visits, with three already set up.

"I'm going to Alabama for the LSU game, Notre Dame for the USC game and Michigan for the Ohio State game," said Smith.  "I'll probably take unofficial visits to USC and UCLA."


Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive guard Viane Talamaivao.
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Talamaivao Still Being Pursued

Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive guard Viane Talamaivao committed to Alabama last month.

But that hasn't stopped schools from still trying with him.

"Washington, Ole Miss, USC and UCLA are still fighting for me," said Talamaivao

But he said he's all Bama.

"I had it in my heart and a gut feeling that Alabama was it," said Talamaivao.  "And my relationship with Coach (Mario) Cristobal and Coach (Greg) Brown."

Talamaivao said he's considering official visits.

"I'm not really too sure I'll take all my visits, it all depends," said Talamaivao. 


Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Damien Mama.
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Mama Everyone's Target

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive tackle Damien Mama is the top-ranked lineman in California, and he was dominant on Saturday.

Mama has almost 30 offers and said he'll probably trim his list after The Opening.

The four-star visited UCLA earlier this week and was again in Westwood on Friday night for the UCLA Elite Camp and he'll visit USC this upcoming week for USC's Rising Stars Camp.

"I want to take all five visits," said Mama.   "I may announce at the UnderArmour All-America Game."

Mama said he'll visit Alabama officially when the Tide host LSU.


Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco linebacker Chandler Leniu..
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Leniu Busy Camping

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco linebacker Chandler Leniu has done a number of camps all spring and summer and has been stellar at just about everyone.

Leniu was one of the few non-lineman in attendance, but was mixing it up in the one-on-one's, pass-rushing and showing his physicality.

Last week, Leniu was at the Oregon camp and was named the LB MVP and said the Ducks are showing a lot of interest.

Seven schools have offered Leniu.

"I have seven offers right now from Fresno State, Iowa State, Nevada, Kansas, San Jose State, Washington State and TCU," said Leniu.  "Washington, Stanford, Arizona and Utah are all showing a lot of interest too."


Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch offensive lineman Kammy Delp.
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Delp Close to Narrowing

Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch offensive guard Kammy Delp, who was the OL MVP at the Oakland NFTC, got a lot of reps and prep for The Opening.

"Working against these guys is good for prepping for the next level," said Delp.

Delp has offers in the double-digits, and after camping with UCLA on Friday, he'll camp with USC.

"Coach (Adrian) Klemm is really cool and he gave me a lot advice and he said to call him this week and we'll see about an offer," said Delp.  "And I think I'm going to USC's Rising Stars."

Delp said he's got an ideal time frame to trip the list.

"I'm trying to narrow it down by The Opening," said Delp.  "I'll have a top five.  We'll see what happens with USC and UCLA.  I'm pretty sure Washington will be on it though."


Lompoc (Calif.) defensive tackle Ainuu Taua.
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Taua's Top Three

Lompoc (Calif.) defensive tackle Ainuu Taua made the long drive from Lompoc to Corona, but he was glad to be there.

"It was a long trip, but it was worth it," said Taua.  "It was great going against some great lineman and competing."

Taua will be at The Opening, working at defensive tackle, but he's also hoping to sneak on the field in 7on7 for Team Apocalypse.

"I might need to get some reps and catching passes," said Taua.

Taua has double-digit offers but said there are three main schools he's considering.

"Ole Miss, Washington and UCLA are the main three," said Taua.  "I don't have a favorite right now, I'm open."


Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2015 defensive end Joseph Wicker.
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Quick Hitters

  • USC had a pair of commits at the PTP Kumite, Toa Lobendahn, a four-star offensive lineman from La Habra (Calif.) and Corona (Calif.) Centennial three-star defensive end Austin Maloata.

  • A name to remember, from a program that always produces, is Joseph Wicker from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly.  The 6-4, 230-pounder defensive end is a 2015 prospect who will be a part of a loaded Jackrabbits defense.

  • Another 2015 prospect to know is Ve'ehala Tuihalamaka, an offensive lineman from Corona (Calif.) Centennial.  He was one of the better underclass linemen there and also part of a strongly stocked Husky offensive line.

    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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