Long Beach (Calif.) Poly has a long tradition for getting their best players to the D-I level this year is no different. One player who looks like he has the goods to play on the collegiate level is defensive end [db]Iuta Tepa[/db] (6-3, 230, 4.7).
As a junior, Tepa was an all-league selection after accounting for 110 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries (one that he returned for a touchdown), and one interception.
Schools such as Cal, Stanford, USC and Michigan are showing recruiting interest.
In the weight room, Tepa's current bench is 295, he squats 400 and his power clean in 200.
The scouting report on Tepa is he's a hard worker, with good character and makes plays. He does what is asked of him and never complains. He goes about doing his business. He has good size and speed in addition to a very quick first step off the ball make him hard to block.
Tepa also has outstanding versatility. He plays both defensive end spots and also lines up at defensive tackle on third down passing situations. He's also an outstanding special teams player, who scooped up a loose ball after a blocked punt and raced into the end zone for a touchdown.
What is Tepa looking for in a college?
"Getting a good education in the foremost priority," Tepa said. "I want to major in math."
"I hope to play football at the highest level, but if that doesn't work out, I want a good education as a backup plan," Tepa said. "I'm not really relying on football to take me places."
"I'm very open to all schools," Tepa said. "As long as I get a ride, I'll go."