Bruins Still In It for Luatua

The La Mirada (Calif.) tight end, Tyler Luatua, said UCLA is one of the schools he's still considering...

La Mirada (Calif.) tight end Tyler Luatua (6-3.5, 240), the No. 2-ranked tight end nationally, has one official visit set up.

"I have one set up for sure, the one to Notre Dame on October 19th when they play USC," said Luatua. "And I'm planning on visiting Alabama for the LSU game."

Luatua's brother, Isaac, is a sophomore with the Tide, will be visiting with three other Southland natives, Damien Mama, Juju Smith and Alabama verbal Viane Talamaivao.

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). I'm leaving that fifth spot one. I'm not sure when I'll visit Texas or Ohio State but I know I want to go there."

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.

"Washington is trying to get me on defense as an outside linebacker, but the rest are recruiting me on offense," said Luatua. "USC hasn't been contacting me as much since Kennedy Polamalu was there. UCLA and Washington I'm considering if I stay on the West Coast, but I'm looking to leave."

Luatua plans to narrow his list when the season starts.

"I'll probably get down to five during the season," said Luatua. "I know I'll take all five visits and I'll decide a few weeks after the visits."

With his brother earning national championship rings in his first two years in Tuscaloosa, Luatua said the Tide are high on his list. But Isaac isn't pushing the Tide on him.

"He's been telling me to go there, but he said it would be cool no matter what I do, to make my own decision," said Luatua. "Viane, though, he's recruiting me to Alabama."

Luatua will be heading up to Beaverton this weekend for The Opening.

Brandon is in his ninth year with 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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