Three-star defensive end Iuta Tepa (6-3, 238, 4.7) from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly has continued his fine play that saw his stock soar his senior year. He is currently a soft verbal committal to Hawai'i, but he has seen his offers rise to eight because of his outstanding play this season.
Besides his offer from Hawai'i, Tepa also has written offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State and UCLA.
"I set some visits, but I canceled them because of my games," Tepa said. "I was going to visit Colorado with Stan ( Stanjarivus McKay) and I was going to visit Hawai'i, but we had a playoff game. I will reschedule my visits after the season."
"I'm not sure at this time where or who my other visits will be," Tepa said. "I have to get together with my coach. I'm going to need to take all my visits before I can ever think of making my college choice firm."
In 13 games, Tepa has accounted for 87 tackles and 13 sacks. What makes his statistics even more impressive he has been playing on a sore ankle while being double and tripled teamed all season long.
The scouting report on Tepa is he's a hard worker, with good character and makes plays. He does what is asked of him and never complains. He goes about doing his business. He has good size and speed in addition to a very quick first step off the ball make him hard to block.
Tepa also has outstanding versatility. He plays both defensive end spots and also lines up at defensive tackle on third down passing situations. He's also an outstanding special teams player, who scooped up a loose ball after a blocked punt and raced into the end zone for a touchdown.
As a junior, Tepa was an all-league selection after accounting for 110 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries (one that he returned for a touchdown), and one interception.
Tepa and his Poly teammates will take on Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Tesoro this Saturday for the Pac 5 CIF Championship game and the winner will represent Southern California in the State Championship the following week.