Tustin Line Prospect Has Two Leaders

Big line prospect <b>Jon Ioane</b> from Tustin High has four schools that make up his pared-down list -- with two slight favorites. He's still waiting on offers from those two favorites...

Though it's been a tough year on the field for Tustin (Calif.) High line prospect Jon Ioane (6-3, 335), he is still looking good on the recruiting front.

Ioane has narrowed his list down to a solid four schools, with Oregon State and Washington State being the two that have offered, and UCLA and USC being the other two on the list.

USC had previously been his favorite, but Ioane said that they are all pretty even at this point. "UCLA and USC are pretty even right now, and a little ahead of Oregon State and Washington State."

While he projects to play offensive line, Ioane is getting recruited as an offensive lineman by just one school. "USC is recruiting me as an offensive linemen. Oregon State and Washington State are recruiting me as a defensive end and UCLA is recruiting me as a defensive tackle," said Ioane. "I am kind of leaning towards playing defense."

Ioane has attended a handful of games of both USC and UCLA games, and he is scheduled to take an official trip to Washington State next weekend. He said he'll set up a visit to Oregon State later, and will probably take officials to UCLA and USC. Right now, he's waiting on more offers scholarship offers, particularly from UCLA and USC. "I think the schools wanted to see my grades one more time before they offer me," said Ioane. He said he recently received an 1170 on the SAT, and has a good enough GPA to qualify him by NCAA standards.

Ioane thought he could be taking all of his visits sooner rather than later with the Tillers starting the season 1-4. But now, having put together some wins in recent weeks, they're in a position to make the CIF playoffs. "If we win this weekend, we are in the playoffs," said Ioane. "After the way we started, it's cool to get in the playoffs."

Ioane has been invited to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl in January. "I'm real excited about playing in it. It will be a lot of fun," said Ioane.


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