Three-star offensive lineman/defensive tackle Laupepa "Pepa" Letuli (6-4, 260, 4.9) from Torrance (Calif.) North Torrance was considered a sleeper when Rivals.com first introduced him to you early in the recruiting process. Due to a great senior season, his status change full-fledged prospect.
Letuli has decided on where he wants to attend school and play his college football.
It pretty much came down to Hawai'i and Oregon State.
"I just returned from my official visit to Hawai'i," Letuli said. "I committed to Hawai'i."
"I liked the coaches, the players and the environment," Letuli said. "The players treated me like I'm already a member of the team."
"Since I committed to Hawai'i," Letuli said. "I won't be taking anymore trips."
"The reason I won't take anymore trips is I don't want to take up a spot from another player who might get to visit that school and sign with them," Letuli said. "I was the number one guy on some school's chart and I want the second guy to move up."
"Since I'm committed to Hawai'i I would only be spending the college's money for a free trip and that wouldn't be right," Letuli said. "Let them spend money on a prospect that they have a chance to sign."
Hawai'i gets a player in Letuli whose best football is ahead of him. He has only been playing football since his freshman year.
In an earlier interview with North Torrance coach Todd Croce said the following about his talented lineman.
"Pepa is a very raw talent who is very athletic for his size," 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."
Great for the Warriors of Hawai'i.