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SoCal lineman gets SEC offer

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Hot on the heels of an offer from UCLA, offensive lineman Isaac Luatua (6-2, 299, 4.9) from La Mirada, Calif. just received a huge offer from a SEC school as the talented behemoth continues to be extremely hot on the recruiting trail.
"Isaac was just offered by Tennessee," La Mirada head coach Mike Moschetti said. "Tennessee is very High on Isaac's list right now, Vols offensive line coach, Harry Hiestand has done an outstanding job with Isaac's recruitment."
Luatua is obviously excited by his most recent offer.
"What an honor to get offered by Tennessee," Luatua said. "The tradition, the SEC, and coaching staff is as good as it gets.
"Coach Hiestand is a hardnosed guy that is somebody I could see myself playing for," Luatua said. "He was in the NFL the last five years and I just love his hardnosed mentality.
"Playing offensive line is about toughness and effort," Luatua said "Coach Hiestand is somebody that in the short time of talking to, get's me excited and I just want to go knock somebody down for.
"My offensive line coach at La Mirada, Mike Cardona is very similar to Coach Hiestand," Luatua said. "Coach Cardona played at Purdue, they both stress toughness and discipline."
Don't be surprised if you see Luatua's offers climb even more this spring. There aren't that many big men that have his versatility. He could end up making an impact on either side of the ball.
Besides the Vols, Luatua also has offers from Boston College, Colorado State, New Mexico, Wyoming and UCLA.
Luatua was first-team all-league and first-team all-CIF his junior season as a defensive lineman. He also made the Long Beach Telegram's prestigious Dream Team as an offensive lineman. Luatua racked up 51 tackles, one pass deflect and one fumble recovery.
Luatua carries a 2.9 GPA and will be taking his SAT in the very near future. Moschetti said he's going to be fine academically and should be able to qualify for just about every school in the Pac 10.
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