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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Sione Potoae verbals to UW

Just got off the phone a little while ago with Lakes High coach Dave Miller, who further confirmed the commitment of Lakes lineman Sione Potoae to Washington. The commitment came last night as the Huskies had a few underclassmen in for unofficial visits.

As mentioned in the earlier entry, it's early enough in the process for the Class of 2010 that most kids are yet to be rated by the major recruiting services.

But Miller says he has little doubt Potoae will be among the most highly-ranked in-state recruits next year.

"He's probably the best linemen we've had in the 24 years I've been here,'' said Miller, a number that includes Aaron Butler, who played at UW for a couple of years earlier in this decade. "He's going to be an NFL defensive tackle, no question about it. He's special.''

Miller said Potoae is about 6-2-and-a-half, 280 pounds and isn't yet 17 years old, "so he's not done growing. He'll be a solid 300 pounds. He's pretty solid now.''

Potoae has been a starter for the Lakes varsity since his freshman year playing on both sides of the line. "He's strong, athletic, very good with his hands, separates well from people,'' Mller said, projecting him as a one- or three-technique tackle. "And he's a great kid, yes-sir-, no-sir.'' He's also solid student with a GPA around 3.4 with a solid family --- his father is a military officer at Ft. Lewis who is headed for another tour in Iraq in a few months, Miller said.

So this sounds like a pretty solid start to the Class of 2010 for the Huskies and new coach Steve Sarkisian.

Miller said Sarkisian was particularly impressed after seeing Potoae work in the weight room at Lakes a few weeks ago.

"He's seen a few beasts at that position (during his days at USC),'' Miller said. "He was just really impressed with his size and athleticism and strength and explosion.''

Potoae also plays OT for Lakes, protecting the blind side, but Miller said "his upside is on defense.''

Miller said fellow Lakes juniors Jamaal Kearse a WR, and Darius Waters, a TE, were due to attend the same function on Wednesday but were unable to due to a basketball game. The game was postponed due to the snow on Tuesday.

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