It has been expected, and now offensive lineman/defensive lineman Isaac Luatua (6-3, 295, 4.95) from La Mirada, Calif., has received his first D-I offer. Interesting enough, the first offer didn't come from a school in the western region, but that doesn't matter to Luatua as he is excited about his first of undoubtedly more to come.
"I'm just honored to get my first offer, and the offer coming from a school like Boston College is truly exciting, that first offer means a lot to my family and I," Luatua said. "Boston College is a great academic school, with big time College football, in a big time conference."
While Boston College will have the distinction of being the first out of the box to offer, Luatua, it is only a matter of time that BC will have some competition for the services of one of the west's best.
"I was on the phone with Florida today (Monday March 15th)," La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti said. "They are really interested in Luatua, Chuck Heater is going to call me in the next day or two, hopefully with an offer, also Tennessee loves Isaac, their head coach is going to watch film on him this week, Tennessee's offensive line coach (Harry Hiestand) compared Isaac to Olin Kreutz, with the Chicago Bears.
Luatua, his teammate's offensive lineman Bryan Peters, and athlete prospect Max Gama went with Moschetti last week on an unofficial to UCLA.
"All three kids enjoyed it," Moschetti said. "We spent all day with all the UCLA coaches.
"It was the first time UCLA has ever seen or talked to the kids," Moschetti said. "Rick (UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel) kept saying 'we want you guys to be Bruins, wouldn't you love being on this campus,' etc... No offers were made, but the UCLA coaches did an outstanding job with the boys."
The reason why Luatua is drawing such attention is he has the versatility that the D-I schools love in a prospect. He could make an impact on either side of the ball on the collegiate level.
In an earlier interview with Moschetti, he said the following about his outstanding two-way lineman.
"Isaac has great athleticism, outstanding strength and he's mean kid on the football field," Moschetti said. "He has a lot of anger on the field and off the field, he's a big teddy bear, but once he's steps between the lines his goal is to get a scholarship and all he wants to do is win a national championships. That's all he talks about.
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.