Gerard Martinez

Bellflower (Calif.) 2019 defensive tackle Sua'ava Poti close to offer from USC

Wednesday’s St. John Bosco held its College Football Showcase to feature its top football talent, with much of that talent being from the class of 2019.

Sophomore defensive lineman Sua'ava Potiis one of the Braves’ top players in the 2019 class. Poti currently holds scholarship offers from Boston College, Arizona State, BYU, Oregon, FAU, Washington State, San Diego State and San Jose State. 

“Spring ball has been going as planned,” said Poti. “Some of the schools talking to me right now are USC, UCLA, Stanford, South Carolina, Washington… basically the Pac-12 and then some Southern schools.”

For the past couple of months, USC has been rumored to be in line to offer Poti a scholarship. 

“USC is probably the closest school to offer,” said Poti. “A lot of their coaches have been talking to me and they really want me to come up to their camp this summer, which I will be doing. 

“Coach (Johnny) Nansen came down here and I talk to Coach (Kenechi) Udeze too. They said they like me inside because they saw some of my film of me playing defensive end. 

“They want me to move inside because that’s where my future is going to be. They like my size and my potential there.

Depending how big I get, they see me as a down lineman — probably a defensive end because they run a 3-4. I could play defensive tackle too, but it depends.”

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Poti currently stands 6-foot-3, 275-pounds and would project as a defensive end in the Trojans’  3-4 variant scheme. It’s a projection he has given plenty of thought to. 

“I know a lot about USC and I grew up a USC fan,” said Poti. “My dad and my whole family are all big fans of USC. It’s the hometown school and a big school for me. I like everything about USC.”

With that level of interest, one has to wonder how long Poti remains uncommitted if USC offers him a scholarship. 

“USC would definitely be big in my consideration of schools, but as of now, I would like to keep my options even,” said Poti. “I want to measure them all and talk about it with my parents before I make a decision.”

Poti’s latest unofficial visit to USC came in April for a spring practice. 

“I went there over spring break and I really liked the trip,” said Poti. “It was a very personal visit and I got to go to the team meetings. 

“I sat with Coach Nansen and the defensive coordinator. We talked through all of the plays and it was really cool to be able to see all of the players. It was cool just fitting in.

“That’s a big thing with schools. I want that feeling of home when I’m there. With USC, they have a lot of Polynesian tradition, so you have a lot of people there you can relate to and kick it with.”


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