AUBURN, Ala. — Offensive lineman Poutasi Poutasi entered the official visit weekend without an offer. He left the same way.
But the Tigers still left an impression on him, one that undoubtedly will help if that offer indeed arrives in the coming weeks.
“It was great. Everything was beautiful here. Small-town football, everything about it, I love it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of deal. I’ve always wanted to play small-town football, the whole town supporting you,” Poutasi said. “They told me to wait this last week. Recruiting will play itself out and just enjoy myself next week while I play in the Polynesian Bowl.”
The Las Vegas product will travel to Hawaii next weekend for the high school bowl game, joining other highly-ranked prospects in WR Nico Collins and QB Tua Tagovailoa. The weekend after that, Poutasi will head to Ole Miss for another official visit to a small-town SEC school. There is a chance Poutasi takes a mid-week official visit to another school, but he didn’t disclose a potential candidate or a potential date.
Poutasi isn’t listing a top group or leaders right now. He is known to have offers from UCF, Nevada and Louisville — where he was once committed. Auburn will have a strong chance if the Tigers extend the offer.
“It would mean a whole lot (to receive an offer). Everything would play itself out,” Poutasi said. “I love this place. It’s great. It made me feel at home.”
Poutasi took a trip through downtown Auburn. He spent most of his time with offensive lineman Kaleb Kim. Offensive line coach Herb Hand and Poutasi formed a stronger relationship.
Poutasi doesn’t plan to announce until National Signing Day, or close to it. Auburn isn’t the only school considering an offer, so Poutasi plans to weigh all his options at the latest possible deadline.
“I just need the most support I can from a team. I’ve gotten a lot of support. This was my first official visit. They set the bar pretty high,” Poutasi said. “We’ll see what happens on signing day.”