Opponents hate facing Iupati

One of the more popular JC defensive line prospects out there this year is Golden West DT Andrew Iupati (6-1, 285). The big and physical interior lineman already has five offers to his name and even more programs from across the country have made it known they've liked what they've seen from him so far this year. JCFootball.com caught up with Iupati recently and he updated us on things...

After a solid prep career at Western High School near Anaheim, California, he signed with Idaho, but he was unable to qualify.

"You could say I was a little frustrated, but it happened so I had to figure out where to go," Iupati told JCFootball.com recently. "I decided to stay close to home so I could take care of my mom and Golden West was the best opportunity for me to do that.

"They coaches here are really good and they care about us as players. They don't just want you to be good at playing ball, they want you to get your grades right and to be a good person too."

As a freshman for the Rustlers, Iupati notched 36 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks while working in a rotation with four other defensive tackles. This year, he's already registered two sacks and he's also posted double-digit tackles as well.

"I'm good at stuffing the run and getting after the quarterback," Iupati said. "I play nose or the three-tech, but I really like pass-rushing because I have good quickness off the snap."

In addition to his prototypical size, Iupati also boasts a 380 pound bench press, a 505 pound squat and a reported 4.9 forty time.

"I've always had the speed, but I had to get in better shape and I did that over the summer," Iupati said. "That way I can go hard all game and really get in there and do what I can to help us win some games."

On the recruiting front, Iupati claims offers from Oregon, Arizona, Tennessee, Arizona State and Kansas and interest from several other schools.

"I have most of the Pac 10 looking at me and schools like New Mexico, UNLV, Baylor and other schools like that," Iupati said. "I want to take some visits after my season and make sure I make the right decision for me, so I'm going to take my time.

"I really like Oregon a lot and I'm really interested in Tennessee and Arizona State, but honestly I don't really have any favorites right now."

Iupati is on pace to graduate next May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

After enduring a 2-8 season as a freshman in 2007, Iupati and his Rustler teammates are 1-1 after two games and this weekend they will face off against Orange Coast College on Saturday.

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