Year after year, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly produces a ton of great players. This year is no exception and one of the big reasons why it is getting a lot of love again from the college coaches is the big-time play of defensive tackle Conan Amituani, ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 93 player in the Golden State.
Amituani, who is 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, has been working hard this summer at getting even better. The biggest way he's been doing that is by working out with his teammates at school.
"Workouts at Poly have been keeping me in shape," Amituani said. "I have summer school in the morning, and after that I rest for a while until I have to go to practice. That's been pretty much my entire day for a while now. Those workouts are really tough."
Amituani is a heavily recruited player. He said he has early scholarship offers from Arizona and Utah and is constantly getting regular correspondence from several others.
"I've been getting a bunch of letters from schools, especially UNLV," Amituani said. "I'd probably say Arizona is recruiting me the hardest, but that's because my uncle is the defensive line coach (Mike Tuiasosopo). So I talk to him quite a bit. Arizona has offered me and Utah offered about a month ago. Those are my only two offers right now.
"I would go anywhere that feels like home. I want to go somewhere that I know I wouldn't miss home a lot. A place close to Long Beach would be nice, but then again I just want to keep my options open. I want to take visits and all that fun stuff and find a place that feels like home."
But the family connection with coach Tuiasosopo, it might be tough to beat Arizona.
"My leader is Arizona for sure," he said. "They were the first offer and with my uncle being over there and everything it helps them out a whole lot. I'm still open to hear from other schools, though. Whoever offers I'm going to take a good long look at them."