Potoae Ready for UCLA Visit Today

NOV. 20 -- The Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes four-star defensive end, Benning Potoae, arrives in Westwood on Thursday evening for his first official visit...

Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes defensive end Benning Potoae (6-4, 262) heads out for his first official visit this weekend.

The four-star will leave on Thursday afternoon to visit UCLA.

“Man, I can’t wait to get down there,” said Potoae. “Its my first official visit and I’m excited. I’m looking forward to the UCLA-USC game on Saturday.”

The only other time Potoae has visited Los Angeles was when he joined his older brother, former Washington defensive lineman Sione Potoae, on an official visit to USC.

“I was young but I kind of remember the trip,” said Potoae. “It will be fun to go on this visit though. Coach Tui (Mike Tuiasosopo) said it will be a really good trip. I like UCLA a lot so it will be a good trip. I’m looking forward to the game mostly but also getting to talk with the coaches and seeing the school more.”

Potoae may take his second official visit next weekend to Oregon State.

“Coach Joe (Seumalo) called me (Wednesday) and they want me to try and come down for my official visit next weekend for the Oregon game,” said Potoae. “It’s Thanksgiving weekend, but I could go down on Friday so me and Coach (Dave) Miller (Lakes’ head coach), are trying to set it up.”

Potoae knows he’ll visit Washington too, but isn’t certain what weekend it will be, though the Huskies have their preference.

“Coach K (Pete Kwiatkowski) wants me to make sure that Washington is my last official visit,” said Potoae.

Potoae will see a familiar face, at least during the UCLA-USC game, when his former teammate Zach Banner starts for the Trojans.

“It will be cool to see Zach, but I hope UCLA wins the game to make it a really good trip,” said Potoae.

The No. 1 defensive prospect in Washington and the No. 2 overall prospect in 2015, Potoae is the No. 20 defensive end in the country and the No. 194 overall player nationally.

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