Gauta is the man in the middle for Fullerton

A wide-body that can take up space and blockers in the middle of the defensive line is coveted by coaches at every level and Fullerton DT Ioane Gauta (6-3.5, 310) fits the bill to a tee. caught up with the imposing defensive line prospect and he updated us on which three schools have offered as well as what he's hoping to accomplish this fall...

"Last year I played mainly the nose, one-technique, but this year I'll be playing that and the three (technique)," Gauta told "I'm probably a little more natural at stopping the run, but I've worked really hard on improving my pass-rush by getting stronger, using my hands better and working on my legs and my get-off so that I can be an all-around guy."

Even while he admits to needing more work on his pass-rushing skills, Gauta is poised for a breakout season in 2011 after posting 27 tackles and two sacks as a freshman last year.

Gauta prepped at Valencia (Ca.) High School after arriving there as a sophomore in 2007 and said when he knew he wasn't going to qualify he started to look for a home at a JC.

"Fullerton's tradition was great and I really felt like I bonded with the coaches better than some other schools that I talked to," Gauta said.

On the recruiting front, Gauta already has an offer from a Big 12 school and a WAC program could also be close to offering.

"Iowa State has offered me and Hawaii seems like they could be getting close," Gauta noted. "The other school talking to me right now is Kansas State, but at this point it's just talking to them and getting to know them."

Gauta is on pace to graduate in May of 2012 and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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