Iakopo Mulling Options

Golden West DT Keiti Iakopo (6-0, 305) is up to five offers and he has some big decisions to make over the next couple of weeks...

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"I can actually leave right now since I was a qualifier out of high school, so I am trying to figure out what I am going to do, but I'm definitely leaning toward leaving and signing with a (four-year) school," Iakopo told JCFootball.com recently. "The reasons to stay are pretty strong for me. I have a lot of really good players around me and we have a chance to be one of the best lines in the country and I think our team could win a state or even a national championship and that is something I would love to be a part of, but I just feel like it is probably a good idea to move on and give myself the opportunity to play at the highest level possible, so, like I said, I'm still thinking about things, but I'm leaning toward leaving."

Thursday was a productive day for the big interior defensive line prospect as he received new offers from Arizona and Fresno State and he was actually on an unofficial visit to the Valley to check out the Bulldogs' program.

"It was a real good visit and they blessed me with an offer," Iakopo said. "They have a new staff there and I think it could be something pretty special there."

In addition to his unofficial visit to FSU, Iakopo is planning official visits to two other programs before he makes a decision on his future.

"I'm working on setting up official visits to go see Colorado State and Arizona, but the coaches are still working out the best dates for me to get down to see them," Iakopo noted. 

As a freshman for the Rustlers last season, Iakopo posted 22 tackles, two sacks and 3.5 tackles-for-loss while playing both the nose and three-tech tackle spots.

"I can play both and I did play both, but I am probably more polished as a pass-rusher," Iakopo said. "I have worked a lot on my run-stopping technique and I am pretty good at stopping the run too, but my history as a wrestler really helps me be more explosive out of my stance and I just have confidence when I rush the quarterback."

Iakopo enjoyed a solid prep career at Fountain Valley (Santa Ana, Ca.) High School, but he didn't get the attention he'd hoped for, so eventually he decided to take the JUCO route.

"I was supposed to sign with Southern Utah, but they said I was too short, so they pulled my offer," Iakopo recalled. "After that, I started looking around at JC programs and Golden West just seemed like the right place for me.

"The coaches here are great, especially coach (Savea) Harrington, he's the best in the business."

Iakopo, should he leave this summer, will have four years to play three starting this fall.

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