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Lowell Lotulelei to Utah: Utes Land 4-Star DT Recruit

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Tim KeeneyContributor IJanuary 20, 2013

Sorry, college football quarterbacks and offensive linemen, but there's another Lotulelei coming to the sport to haunt your dreams.

According to Stephen Nelson of KEZI 9 ABC in Eugene, Ore., NFL draft prospect Star Lotulelei's little brother, Lowell, will be attending Utah next season:

NFL-bound Star Lotulelei's younger brother Lowell Lotulelei reportedly has committed to #Utah. #Pac12

— Stephen Nelson (@Stephen__Nelson) January 20, 2013

Scout.com's and InsidetheUtes.com's Thomas Karren confirmed the report:

I have confirmed Lowell Lotulelei has committed to Utah. Still time for things to change over the next 17 days, but today he's a Ute.

— Thomas Karren (@UteScoutInsider) January 20, 2013

Lowell Lotulelei is going to have his work cut out for him if he wants to follow in his, ahem, star brother's footsteps. The Utah standout is a two-time Pac-12 first-teamer, was just named a first-team AP All-American and is expected to be one of the first picks in the 2013 NFL draft.

No pressure. 

But this isn't about big bro. Lowell, who is ranked as the 32nd-best defensive tackle and 387th-best overall prospect by 247Sports' composite rankings, has the chance to make a name for himself with his new school. 

The 2013 Semper Fi All-American has a terrific blend of size, strength and athleticism. He has good agility and has shown a real knack for penetrating the backfield and disrupting both the run and pass alike.

247Sports has him as the No. 2 overall recruit coming out of Utah this year. It's no surprise after he put together a very successful season for Bingham High, a top amateur program.

Lotulelei, who seems to be flying fairly far under the radar considering his unique skill set and top-of-the-line lineage, may be entering college as "Star's little brother." But once he starts destroying offensive linemen and disrupting opponents' backfields, he'll simply be known as "That guy no one can block."

As with any young prospect entering the collegiate level, Lotulelei will need to refine his technique and learn to manipulate more polished blockers. But at 6'2" and 280 pounds, he has a good frame to work on as he progresses and adds strength.

Four more years of Lotulelei. 

Have fun, quarterbacks. 

 

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