Coach Tico Rodriguez said Poutasi, who signed to play at Cal-Berkeley, went to the hospital after the school’s signing ceremony in the morning. Vaelua Poutasi died later that day from complications caused by diabetes.
When Tico Rodriguez took over as Desert Pines football coach starting in 2013, he thought the Jaguars’ freshman class had a chance to be special.
Local athletes expected to sign a national letter of intent during the signing period, which runs Wednesday through April 1.
Desert Pines’ Isaiah Morris endured a childhood filled with personal tragedy. The onetime UNLV commit remains undecided on his college plans, and it is uncertain whether he will sign a letter of intent Wednesday.
Desert Pines offensive lineman Poutasi Poutasi made an oral commitment to California late Saturday during his official visit to the school.
A few of the top uncommitted senior football players still are weighing their options before they can sign a letter of intent on Feb. 1.
Two local prep football players made oral commitments Sunday, as Centennial wide receiver Savon Scarver selected Utah State and Bishop Gorman athlete Austin Arnold chose UNR.
Bishop Gorman senior wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey decommitted from Ohio State late Tuesday and will reopen his recruitment less than a month from national signing day.
Bishop Gorman senior Bubba Bolden, one of the top safety recruits in the West region, made an oral commitment to Southern California on Saturday. Bolden announced his decision during the broadcast of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
Bishop Gorman senior shooting guard Chuck O’Bannon opted against family tradition and made an oral commitment to Southern California on Friday.
Desert Pines senior Antonio Wallace made an oral commitment to Arizona for football on Saturday, announcing his decision on Twitter.
Bishop Gorman senior free safety Greg Francis made an oral commitment to UNLV on Wednesday night, announcing his decision on Twitter.
The fifth annual Tarkanian Classic, which has become one of the nation’s preeminent holiday basketball events, opens Thursday with 12 showcase games at Bishop Gorman.
Bishop Gorman senior defensive back Alex Perry made an oral commitment to Arizona State on Tuesday.