UCLA Looks Into La Mirada Lineman

Isaac Luatua, the 6-foot-3, 295-pounder from La Mirada (Calif.) High, is an OL/DL prospect that many BCS schools are checking out, and UCLA is doing a great deal of the checking out...

When La Mirada High School coach and former Colorado quarterback Mike Moschetti talks about

Isaac Luatua, he consistently uses two words -- stong and nasty. College recruiters have taken notice.

In fact, Moschetti believes Luatua could be one of the best offensive linemen in California when it's all said and done next season, but he definitely has the attitude for defense as well.

But the 6-foot-3, 295-pound Luatua could end up on either side of the ball at the next level.

"He's just a mean, nasty player who has grades and only has two goals, getting a degree, and winning a national championship," Moschetti said.

Moschetti said coaches from Ohio State, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Florida State, UCLA, Washington and Oregon have inquired about Luatua, but he's still waiting on his first offer.

Luatua said he is interested in every school recruiting him at this point and some that aren't, including BYU and Colorado. He likes the Buffs because his teammate, running back Justin Torres, signed with the Buffs last month.

"I've looked them up and seen them play and they look pretty good," Luatua said of the Buffs. "J.T. said the school is really nice.

Luatua said he is hearing most often from Oregon and UCLA at this points and he likes both programs. He said he can see himself playing for either school.

"That would be a hard choice if I had to choose between both of them," he said.

Luatua said he sees himself playing his senior season, taking all or most of his official visits and then making a decision in December or January.

Moschetti said Luatua is relentless on the football field and has the drive to get better. He is an excellent athlete for a players his size. He has been clocked at 4.9 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He benches 225 pounds 27 times. He squats 550 pounds and has a 30-inch vertical leap. All of those numbers are reported by Moschetti.

The best part is that Luatua is a 3.0 student and shouldn't have any problems getting into most schools across the country.

Luatua is Mormon and is hoping for an offer from BYU. Like many other young players in Southern California, he would like to hear from USC, too.

Luatua said his faith could play a big role in his decision. He isn't hearing from BYU at this point, but if an offer comes from the Cougars, it would be hard to pass up. He said he has a lot of relatives on his mother's side of the family in Utah. But he's a California boy and he likes the Pac-10 schools, too.

Luatua plays guard and defensive tackle for La Mirada. He can also play center, Moschetti said. La Mirada runs a balanced offense.

"I'm pretty good at run blocking," Luatua said. "I just need to work at staying low."


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