Bruins In Potoae's Final Two

Dec. 17 -- The Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes defensive lineman, Benning Potoae, has two Pac-12 schools in his final two...

Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes defensive end Benning Potoae (6-4, 262) is focusing on two schools now.

“He is pretty set on a final top two of UCLA and Washington,” said Lakes head coach Dave Miller.

Potoae has visited UCLA and visited Oregon State, but with the coaching change in Corvallis, the Beavers are on the outside looking in.

“Oregon State was in his top three but I think with Coach (Mike) Riley leaving and Coach Joe Seumalo not sure if he will be back, they are in limbo who the defensive line guy will be,” said Miller.

USC came by last week and tried to get Potoae to take a visit, but that doesn’t appear likely to happen. Steve Sarkisian coached his older brother, Sione Potoae, at Washington and was the first coach to offer Benning when he was a freshman.

Peter Sirmon from USC came through last week and they are trying to make a late push but he really doesn’t have an interest in opening things back up,” said Potoae.

That leaves the Bruins and the hometown Huskies squarely in the mix.

Potoae visited UCLA in November when the Bruins hosted USC.

“Benning really feels great about UCLA. He connected well with the players and with the coaches as well,” said Miller.

Miller said that UCLA has been by twice in the past couple of weeks.

“The main recruiter for Benning from UCLA is Mike Tuiasosopo, who would also be his position coach,” said Miller. “UCLA has done two in home visits, one with Coach Tui and one with Coach Tui and Jim Mora.”

Washington has made Potoae a priority too.

“With Washington, they have had several guys recruiting Benning,” said Miller. “Coach Jeff Choate, Coach Chris Strausser and Coach Pete Kwiatkowski. They had an in home scheduled with Benning for last week but it had to be rescheduled because of a family responsibility that came up.”

The Huskies will get his last visit in the middle of January.

“He really likes the coaches who he has been building relationships with at UW and is very excited for his visit to UW on January 16th,” said Miler. “Benning is very familiar with UW since he has been around the school many times, and he has a bunch of players whom he knows well.”

Potoae will announce his decision, in a low-key manner, not long after his visit to Washington.

Next month, Potoae will play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Southern California.


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