Tepa Planning To Visit UCLA

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end Iuta Tepa remains committed to Hawaii but is hoping to see a few Pac-10 schools, including UCLA, in January on official visits...

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end Iuta Tepa (6-2, 240), has had to put his recruiting on hold for most of December, thanks to the Jackrabbits' on-field success.

A fourth-quarter rally against Tesoro in the Pac-5 title game has put the Jackrabbits into the state championship on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center.

With the dead period starting on Monday, Tepa will now have to cram his official visits into January.

"I'm going to take my visits after this game and have to take as many as I can," said Tepa. "I'm not sure which weekends I'll be where, but it will be in January. But it's cool, we're just happy to be playing."

The verbal to Hawaii said he remains committed to the Warriors, but the likelihood remains that he'll be taking some visits to places besides the Islands come January.

"I'm still a commit to Hawaii, but I'll know better after I take my visits," said Tepa. "I know I'm going to visit Hawaii for sure and then I'll probably set up visits with Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA."

Tepa said that Hawaii is also the favorite for his signature, thanks to their early interest in him, but the other schools offering him present an intriguing option.

"Coach (Don) Pellum from Oregon has been recruiting me real hard and I have some friends there," said Tepa. "Coach (Todd) Howard at UCLA said they really want me and I went to a couple of their games and its close to home. Oregon State has a lot of Polynesian guys too that I know."

Tepa did admit that those three Pac-10 schools plus Hawaii remain the most serious suitors for him and the only schools he plans to visit at this point.

In the meantime, the stellar defensive end would prefer to wait out the recruiting process.

"My focus is on the season, we have one more week and a chance to win the state championship. I can worry about recruiting after the season," said Tepa.

Tepa has 102 tackles and 14 sacks as the Jackrabbits are set to play Sacramento Grant in the Open Division Championships on Saturday night.

Academically, Tepa has a 3.3 GPA and he'll took the SAT earlier this month.


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