Niutapuai holds tough inside for Orange Coast

With the proliferation of 3-4 defenses increasing every year, having one that can demand double-teams is a must and Orange Coast NT Justin Niutapuai (6-0, 300) has shown the ability to do that and more so far this season. caught up with the talented interior defensive linemen and he updated us on his season as well as how recruiting is coming along...

When last we spoke with Niutapuai, he was hearing from two D-1 programs and so far only LSU has picked up the pace as well.

"I got some stuff from LSU over the summer, but honestly no one is really showing a lot of interest right now," Niutapuai told recently. "I'm just playing and showing what I can do and I hope people take a look at me, but I don't have a lot of control over that. I do control how I play though."

Niutapuai also controls the line of scrimmage, showing a knack for rushing the quarterback as well as commanding double-teams, allowing his teammates to flow to the ball and make plays.

"I had two sacks last game," Niutapuai said. "I got good push on one of them and got the quarterback and then on the second one, the defensive end got pressure and the quarterback stepped up and I was able to get him again."

So far this season, Niutapuai has helped lead Orange Coast to a 4-0 season while posting 13 tackles, 6 tackles-for-loss and the two sacks.

"I'm just working hard every week to get better," Niutapuai said. "I just hope some schools take a look at me and like what I have to offer. I think I could be an asset for a team if they take a look at me."

Niutapuai is on pace to graduate in May and he'll have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

This Saturday Orange Coast will take on Fullerton on the road.

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