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Desert Pines’ Cedrick Poutasi enjoyed trip to Utah, won’t decide until late December

The Las Vegas area’s top recruit says he will announce college plans at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl


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Desert Pines lineman Cedrick Poutasi is seen in his stance during practice Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

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Desert Pines High offensive lineman Cedrick Poutasi talks about the upcoming high school football season.

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Desert Pines High offensive tackle Cedrick Poutasi won’t announce where he’ll play college football until an all-star game at the end of December.

But it’s safe to assume the University of Utah will be in major consideration.

Poutasi, a 6-foot-6, 325-pound consensus four-star recruit who is arguably the Las Vegas Valley’s most sought after prospect, had nothing but positives to say about the Salt Lake City school following a weekend trip.

“I loved it up there. It’s the fans and the team bonding they have over there,” Poutasi said. “I love the coaches they have. They are energetic.”

He watched Utah lose 35-14 to Arizona State, but even in defeat he was impressed with the program. “They didn’t put their heads down when they lost the game. They just kept moving forward,” he said.

Poutasi saw first-hand how Southern Nevada products can succeed at the school in spending time with Utah wide receiver DeVonte Christopher (Canyon Springs) and lineman Jeremiah Tofaeono (Cheyenne).

Poutasi, who has more than 20 scholarship offers, earlier in September took his first official visit to Arizona State. He’s also likely to visit Hawaii during the first weekend in December — a weekend which is considered the most important of the recruiting season, when colleges hustle trying to secure their signing classes. Recruits are allowed five official visits.

He said Idaho and Washington are also in consideration, but still hasn’t decided whether he will take a trip to the schools. A Washington assistant coach was on the sidelines last week for the Jaguars' game against Valley and the Huskies have been one of Poutasi’s most aggressive suitors.

He won’t verbally commit until Dec. 30 at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas.

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