California O lineman wants to play in SEC

California O lineman wants to play in SEC

For one California High School prospect, getting the chance to travel East is intriguing. Getting the opportunity to play in the Southeast Conference may be too much for Isaac Luatua to pass up. Go "Inside" and see where Tennessee stands with the California lineman.

For one California High School prospect, getting the chance to travel East is intriguing.

Getting the opportunity to play in the Southeast Conference may be too much for Isaac Luatua to pass up.

"I have decided I'm pretty sure I want to play in the Southeast Conference," Luatua told InsideTennessee.com Wednesday night. "I already have two offers from SEC schools and one other school is recruiting me a lot."

Those offers are from Tennessee and Arkansas with defending National Championship Alabama coming on strong.

"Tennessee is definitely one of my top favorite schools," Luatua said. "I was really surprised that they noticed and offered me, it's very exciting."

Luatua, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound offensive guard, is concentrating on two things this spring. His academics in the classroom and working out in the weight room are his top two priorities.

How strong is Luatua?

"I'm benching over 360-pounds and squatting over 515," Luatua said. "I'm really working hard in the weight room and in the classroom. I'm doing really well in my classes."

Is Luatua close to making an official decision?

"I'm going to take my time," Luatua said. "I'm not ready to make a decision just yet. I want to make sure I make the right choice."

One thing is for sure, Luatua plans on taking an official visit to Rocky Top.

"Most definitely I will take an official to Tennessee," Luatua said. "I really like Coach (Harry) Hiestand a lot; we keep in touch with each other a bunch. I call him at least once a week; I get emails from him all the time."

The 6-foot-2, 298-pound three-star offensive lineman from La Mirada, Calif., has scholarship offers from UCLA, Tennessee, Boston College, Arkansas, Washington State, Wyoming, Colorado State and New Mexico.

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