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Poutasi lands major Pac-12 offer

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Oregon has offered Cedrick Poutasi but it might be too late to get involved with the Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines offensive lineman since he's preparing to make his decision at the Offense-Defense Bowl in a few weeks.
The Ducks had been recruiting the 6-foot-5, 322-pound prospect for a while but had not offered so when it finally came through it was a shock to Poutasi, who probably has Utah as his leader.
"I didn't think they were going to offer me after a while because of my SAT scores and everything but I guess when they came to the school they said they were going to offer me," Poutasi said. "It was pretty surprising. I didn't expect it.
"It doesn't change things so much. I really like Oregon but they came so late in my recruiting process as I'm getting ready to make my commitment on December 30. I'm not sure about everything yet."
Poutasi, rated as the seventh-best offensive guard and No. 222 prospect in the 2012 class by Rivals.com, said even though he's planning to make his commitment on Dec. 30 that Oregon wants him to visit in January and that's something he'd strongly consider.
"They said they want me to take a trip in January," Poutasi said. "If they're willing to do that then I'm all for it even if I committed."
Utah is considered to be the favorite for Poutasi but Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Washington and many other major programs have been involved in his recruitment for some time.
Assistant coach Norm Chow visited with the Las Vegas standout this week and it seems that the Utes are clearly the team to beat.
"Utah is still the same," Poutasi said. "I still really like Utah. Norm Chow came down (Tuesday) and that was a good thing. We had a great conversation. They're still recruiting me hard and showing me they really want me."
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