With a plethora of scholarship offers from Division-1 schools around the country, Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines offensive tackle Jeremiah Poutasi has no complaints about the recruiting process.
“Recruitment is going really great," Poutasi reports. “I’m enjoying it right now.”
The four-star is excited to begin the next stage of the process, with a trip coming up in just a few days. Arizona State will be home to his first, and only scheduled official visit.
“I just want to see their game preparations and everything,” Poutasi tells Scout.com. “I want to talk about academics and see if they have the help that I need out there. I want to hopefully go to the NFL, and get the coaching that I need for that, which I know I will, because my cousin (Paul Fanaika) went to Arizona State and he got drafted in 2009.
“He told me that it’s a great school and it’s everything that I’d expect. He said how people will help you a lot out there and the coaches will really get on you; that the coaches really care about their players and everything, and that I’ll definitely get the right coaching that I need out there, and I’m pretty sure I will.”
ASU may be Poutasi’s only set visit at this point, but there’s another one in the works.
“Utah; I know I want to take one there,” he reveals.
“I just have a great relationship with the coach, and I have a cousin (Brandon Fanaika) out there (in the state) that’s really telling me about Utah. He tells me that it’s a great place and we’re planning an official visit there together. He tells me everything about Utah; that the weather is perfect and that their coaches would really help me. And I’m pretty sure they will, I have a really good relationship with Coach Jay Hill.”
The four-star plans to take advantage of all five of his allotted visits, but he doesn’t hesitate to admit that it’s Arizona State and Utah in the lead at this point.
Who are the other three schools left in the picture?
“UCLA, Washington, and Oregon State,” he shares. “They’re probably going to get the other three visits, but as of right now, it’s just Utah and ASU.”
Poutasi explains what it is that he likes about each of the other three schools, and yes, introduces another cousin.
Washington : “I’ve been talking to Washington since my first offer (from Idaho). I’ve been talking to them a lot and waiting for them to offer, and they offered me the same day that UCLA did. I’ve known Coach Nansen for a while and have a really good relationship with them.”
UCLA: “They really like me and everything, and I feel like it’s Hollywood there. My cousin (Sam Tai) plays for them. It’s really just pretty good.”
Oregon State: “I don’t have a cousin out there, but I have a good relationship with the coaching staff. I’ve seen their games and they’re not doing so good, but I’m pretty sure they’ll step up their game soon.”
What must his dream school possess?
“A winning team,” Poutasi answers. “A winning team that has tradition and a family atmosphere, one that does everything together, eats together, and just has an overall team bond."