Niutapuai hearing from a couple schools

One of the best defensive line prospects in the California JUCO ranks this fall should be Orange Coast DT Justin Niutapuai (6-0, 300). He's a rock in the middle of the Pirates' defensive front seven and two schools from BCS conferences have already let it be known that they are very interested in what he has to offer...

Niutapuai enjoyed a solid prep career at Huntington Beach High School in California, but he was unable to qualify for a D-1 scholarship so he headed to Orange Coast College to continue his career.

"It was the best situation because it was still close to home and they have a great program here," Niutapuai told "I've gotten stronger and learned a lot, so I think it was the right decision where I ended up."

As a freshman in 2008, Niutapuai posted 33 tackles and one sack and earned First Team All-Conference honors while playing the nose tackle position and he said he considers himself a run stuffer first and foremost.

"I'm a run-stuffer in the middle," Niutapuai said. "I am strong in my upper body and because of my lower-body strength it helps me a lot and that is what I mainly do inside for us."

On the recruiting front, Niutapuai said he's already hearing from a schools from the SEC and the Big 12.

"Tennessee and Nebraska are the two schools making the contact right now," Niutapuai said. "My coaches are the ones talking to them right now and I think there are some more, but those are the main two at this point."

Niutapuai is on pace to finish his AA degree in May of 2010 and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll continue to track his progress and update things as they change over the course of the next year.

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