Awhile back in spring Rivals.com was impressed with and introduced you to offensive lineman/defensive tackle Laupepa “Pepa” Letuli (6-4, 260, 4.9) from Torrance (Calif.) North Torrance. Letuli is no longer a sleeper but a bona fide prospect with three offers on the table.
Rivals.com thought Letuli would be a player to watch this fall and apparently we were right. He received his first offer approximately a month ago from Utah, two weeks later Oregon State decided to offer him one too and just yesterday Letuli received an offer in the mail from Hawai’i.
Nevada, Washington State and Washington have been consistent in their phone calls to Letuli.
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“The three school that have offered are my favorites,” Letuli said. “They have all shown a lot of interest in me.”
“If a school really wants me,” Letuli said. “They will get more from me in return. It will be a true win-win situation.”
“I am planning on taking my visits after the season or in January,” Letuli said. “I am trying to set up a visit to Utah for January 14th and Hawai’i on January 21st.”
Letuli may take a December visit to Hawai’i if his season ends early. That doesn’t look to be the case as North Torrance is currently 8-1 and haven’t lost a game since the season opener.
North Torrance is a on roll and since the second game of the season they have been blowing teams out. Because of that fact, Letuli doesn’t have a lot of stats but he does have three sacks and three forced fumbles on defense while on the offensive side of the ball, Letuli has over 40 pancake blocks.
The best football on Letuli’s plate is way ahead of him. He has only been playing football since his freshman year.
“Pepa is a very raw talent who is very athletic for his size,” North Torrance head coach Todd Croce said. “When you look at him, you could never tell he weighs 260.”
In an earlier interview with Rivals.com North Torrance coach Todd Croce had a lot of nice things to say about his two-way standout.
“There will be no trouble adding weight,” Croce said. “Pepa is only 17 and he’s still growing.”
“Pepa has tremendous upsides to him,” Croce said. “His potential is unlimited.”
“Pepa has tremendous feet and explosion,” Croce said. “We will give him a chance to play more defensive tackle this season. We are going to let him pin back his ears and let him go.”