Leiataua Recaps Stanford Visit

Compton (Calif.) Dominguez defensive end Uriah Leiataua could be leaning toward the Cardinal after the official visit, but UCLA is still trying...

Uriah Leiataua has emerged as one of the hottest defensive end recruits in the west this year. He had a very solid senior season and his last three scholarship offers were from Stanford, UCLA and USC.

He has already visited Wisconsin and Washington State and took an official visit to the Farm this past weekend.

"Man it was great, I loved it out there," Leiataua said. "The highlight for me was probably the amazing history and the diversity of the school itself. I met like seven kids that were from England, Asia and Africa, it's a pretty amazing place.

"I had a pre-conceived idea of what a typical Stanford student would be like but it was way different. Everyone was real social and friendly and I felt really comfortable there. The campus is incredible and I love the people. I got to meet some of the professors and even met one that is from Compton and went to Dominguez so that was real cool."

Of course the football program is another big draw for Leiataua.

"They have a great program," Leiataua said. "When you see them up close, it's easy to see why. Everyone is so committed and dedicated to the team. That defense is very tough, very physical and it's because of their preparation. They're so organized and do everything the right way.

"Their strength program is incredible as well. They have a great strength coach, he's crazy about what he does, like a strength coach should be. He's so in to it and does a great job with all the teams. I want to major in pre-med with a minor in sports medicine and Stanford is very strong in both areas so overall, there just wasn't any negatives about the visit, it was all good."

Did the lineman give any thought to making a quick decision?

"I did think about committing, it crossed my mind," Leiataua said. "I want to take things slow though, not ready to do anything just yet. I loved it a lot but I'm not there just yet. I still want to visit Yale and I'll be at the USC-UCLA game this weekend. I don't have a time table set for when I'll decide, just whenever I think it's right I'll go ahead and pull the trigger."

Leiataua said he plans to go on his Mormon mission right after high school and then will enroll at his college of choice two years later.

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