Luatua Has a Plan for a Decision

Isaac Luatua, the 6-3, 298-pound two-way lineman from La Mirada (Calif.) High, has a good handful of scholarship offers, including one from UCLA, and he now has a plan for making an early decision...

Isaac Luatua, the 6-foot-3, 298-pound three-star offensive lineman from La Mirada, Calif., has scholarship offers from UCLA, Tennessee, Boston College, Arkansas, Washington State, Wyoming, Colorado State and New Mexico.

Luatua,'s No. 19 offensive guard in the country, says he grew up following UCLA. "I think every kid from around here watches USC and UCLA," Luatua said.

"I like the coaches (at UCLA) a lot," he said. "They seem to really care about me and treat me really well. They want me to go there."

He says he's being recruited by Bruins offensive line coach Bob Palcic and head coach Rick Neuheisel. "They said they really like how aggressive I am," he said. "They're both good guys. They're real cool and funny."

UCLA is only about 40 minutes from Luatua's home. "Distance won't matter," he said. "I'll go anywhere. I'll go to the East Coast if I have to."

That's good news for schools like Boston College, who have offered him, and North Carolina, who Luatua recently visited.

"I was there with my teammate (offensive tackle), Bryan Peters," he said. "We also went to Duke and North Carolina State while we were there."

Neither the Blue Devils, The Wolfpack nor the Tar Heels have actually offered Luatua, but he says they are recruiting him. "They're pretty stacked at offensive line," he said of North Carolina. "But they said they could probably use me on defense."

Luatua says that he and Peters have talked about playing together in college. "Ever since we started getting recruited we'd talk about how we want to play together on Saturdays," he said. "But he's getting recruited by different schools, so I don't know if that's gonna happen."

The first school to offer Luatua was Boston College in March. "They have amazing academics and I like the tradition of the program," he said.

He says the school that is recruiting him the hardest is actually Tennessee. "I talk to the offensive line coach (Harry Hiestand) a lot," he said. "They're really on top of it right now. They're recruiting me a lot.

"Coach Hiestand is a good guy," he said. "I like talking to him.

"Also Tennessee is in the SEC and that's always one of the best conferences in the country," he said. "It's a great program."

Luatua says he hopes to make a decision before the start of his senior season. "I'd like to focus on my senior season and do it in like August or September," he said.

"I want to play for a good coach and be around good people," he said. "I need to make sure I get along with everyone."

Luatua says he can bench 350-pounds and squat 510.

"I'm explosive," he said. "I get after the guy in front of me fast and try to knock him down. I'm very physical.

"But I want to try and stay lower and not always have to outmuscle guys," he said.

Luatua reports a 2.9 core GPA and took the SAT earlier this month.

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