Offensive lineman Poutasi Poutasi may be committed to Louisville, but that hasn’t stopped Utah from actively talking to the 6-foot-3, 275-pound prospect from Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Poutasi said he talks frequently with Utah offensive line coach Jim Harding, and that he likes the Utes’ spread attack. “Coach Harding, I talk to him the most,” Poutasi said. “[We talk about] how my games are going, he’s checking up on how I’m doing, how was the game, [to see] a link to the highlights of that game, wish me good luck, [say] happy birthday and all that. I like their spread offense. I like how they coach over there, I would really like to get a visit over there again, it’s nice up there. This year, a couple months back, I went to their spring game. It was nice, it was a nice campus, the spring game was nice, I talked to the head coach with a close family friend, so it was nice up there.”
The three-star recruit is also hearing from several other schools, including Washington State, Colorado State and Nevada. “I’ve heard from Washington State. Colorado State [is] still trying to recruit me, UNLV, Nevada. I hear a lot from Utah. [All the schools say the] same stuff as Utah, they really want me there. They have a new camp, they’ve got new stuff, [just typical] stuff they tell recruits. I would say I’m open to [taking] visits and stuff. I think I’m almost 100% solid, but not really. I’m just waiting for another school to just flip my mind. I honestly don’t know [what it would be], it would just have to be an instant thing, I don’t know yet.
Poutasi, as you may already know, is cousins with former Ute and current Tennessee Titan Jeremiah Poutasi. PJ said he keeps in contact with his older cousin, who hasn’t pressured him to attend the U. “We haven’t talked lately,” he said. “The last time I talked to him was like a month ago. He hasn’t really pushed me a lot [to Utah] yet. He’s the one that took me to the visit [at Louisville]. I went [out] to Tennessee, and we drove down to Louisville. [He] took me over there, he said how’s the school, how are the coaches, is that a place I’d like to be for the next four years? And I told him yeah, yeah and yeah.”
Poutasi has developed a great relationship with Louisville’s coaches and players, and it will take a strong effort on Utah’s part to get him to flip. “It’s going great [with Louisville],” Poutasi said. “Once I visited the school, I knew that’s a place that I’d like to be for the next four years of my life. It’s a great place, I loved it there. Everything was just homey, it felt like Vegas. The stadium’s close the dorms, great players, I know most of the offensive linemen and they’re great, the coaches are nice, that was it.
“It felt like going to my high school. [I talk to] coach Klenakis, the offensive line coach, I talk to coach Boller (Director of High School Relations) a lot, and [head coach Bobby] Petrino. They’re great coaches, I’m honored to play for them, I can’t wait to get up there. They’re really humble about themselves, I like that aspect. [Coach Petrino is] quiet, I’ve met him, he’s a quiet person, but on the field I heard it’s a whole different story. But yeah, we text, he’s a normal guy, [a] laid-back kind of dude.”
Although Poutasi said he’s heard from Washington State, he hasn’t built as strong of a bond with that program. “They’re just checking up on me, that’s basically it. Not much, I’d like to know more, but not much” … Like his cousin, PJ is a big, mobile offensive lineman that could fit perfectly in Utah’s wide-open offense. “I feel like my hands are great. [I have] quickness for my size, and I’m dominant on the line, that’s how I would describe my [game]”, he said … Poutasi also talked about what he’s looking for in a school, citing a “family friendly atmosphere, I want to go to a place where it just feels like home, great players, great teammates, great school, that’s all for me. If it’s family friendly, then that’s the place where I want to be.”