Three-star defensive end Iuta Tepa (6-3, 238, 4.7) from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly has a very busy itinerary for the month of January. He has three visits set and is beginning to host in-house visits with D-I colleges that would love to have his services for the next four to five years.
"UCLA and Oregon were in my house Tuesday Evening," Tepa said. "It went really well. I had a really good time."
"(Defensive line) Coach Todd Howard was in for UCLA," Tepa said. "I remember his Super Bowl ring. I looked at it and it was really nice."
"Coach Don Pellum and the head coach (Mike Bellotti) were in from Oregon," Tepa said. "They talked about NIKE and Phil Knight and how the company was founded in Eugene."
"I learned everything about Oregon and their program from the academics to their tradition," Tepa said. "Plus they showed me all their bowl rings. Both were good visits."
Tepa will begin his visits this weekend.
"I will be visit Hawai'i this weekend on January 9th," Tepa said. "Following my visit to Hawai'i, I'll visit Oregon on January 16th."
"I'm not sure where I will visit on January 23rd, but on January 30th I will visit UCLA," Tepa said. "I'm feeling very good about all the schools that I'm visiting in January. I will make my announcement on signing day."
Tepa is a soft commit to Hawai'i and has offers on the table from Colorado, Colorado State, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.
Tepa had an outstanding senior season even though he played the majority of the season on a gimpy ankle, he still toughed it out and played well. He truly stood out for Poly in the state championship game against Sacramento (Calif.) Grant in a losing cause.
Even though playing on a sore wheel and having to battle through double teams most of the season, Tepa still accounted for 102 tackles and 14 sacks. His performance saw him earn all-league and all-area honors as a senior.