Leiataua feeling good about the Dawgs

A defensive line prospect that has the Huskies rising up his list of schools is Dominguez (Compton, Ca.) DE Uriah Leiataua. Dawgman.com spoke to rising prospect recently and he updated us on his favorites as well as what the next few months will entail...

"It's been pretty busy lately," mused Leiataua after a week that saw Utah offer and he also took in a practice at UCLA and has spoken to a couple of other schools. "I went to a UCLA practice recently and it was really a lot of fun. My brothers (Sonny Tevaga and Shannon Tevaga) both played there, so I grew up watching UCLA play and it was fun to see practice and picture myself out there working."

To this point the Bruins have yet to extend an offer, but he said two other schools have been climbing up his list of schools and he hopes to see them soon.

"I am really feeling good about Washington and what they have to offer," Leiataua said. "Coach (Tosh) Lupoi is after me and likes what I can do and he said he was excited to see me come up there so he can show me the school and so I can see how they work.

"I was thinking about going up this weekend with my coach for the coaches' clinic he's going too, but flights are just too expensive so I'm not really sure I can even make it. I'd definitely like to get up there though.

"Wisconsin also wants me to come out and see them, so that's another one I'd like to see, but like I said, flights cost a lot and we don't have a lot of money."

Leiataua also has plans to leave the country for a couple of months this summer and that too will cut into his football camp and unofficial visit plans is that he will be going to Samoa for a chance to work with people from a different culture who are less advantaged.

"It's a great opportunity for me and something I am really looking forward to," Leiataua said. "It's still sorta in the plannng stages just because they do evaluations to make sure you should be going (academically), but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me."

With his family ties to the Bruins football program, it seems only a matter of time for Leiataua to commit should he be offered by head coach Jim Mora and his staff, but he said that isn't necessarily the case.

"I mean, I grew up loving that program and I really like the coaches a lot, but honestly, what was good for my brothers might not be right for me, so I don't really know if you could say they are even my favorite right now," Leiataua said. "Right now my one offer is from Utah, so obviously I like them a lot and BYU is also after me now too, so it's not totally about UCLA, but yeah, I like them a lot and if they offered they would definitely be up there for me."

As a junior in 2012, Leiataua totaled nearly 50 tackles and 7.5 sacks and said this fall he wants to be even better.

"I've been working on all of my moves and trying o get stronger," Leiataua said. "I just want to have the best senior season I can have and I'm putting in a lot of work in the weight room and working with my friends too."

Leiataua is LDS and said he has firmed up plans to take his mission, so he will leave during his second season of college football and he said he plans to speak to that fact with the coaches from all of the schools that are interested in him.

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