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Ako Poti is looking forward to the 2009 season and an opportunity to compete for time in the offensive tackle rotation. He redshirted the 2008 season to continue his transition and development, having enrolled at Penn State in January 2007 after spending three semesters at San Francisco Community College, near his hometown. Poti has good size, skills and strength and has made considerable strides in his bid to win a more prominent role on the O-Line this season. He is battling Dennis Landolt at right tackle, but Landolt spent some time at left tackle during spring practice, which potentially could open the door for Poti to move up. He was an All-America tackle at SFCC and saw time at guard and tackle in his first season as a Nittany Lion. He was on schedule to graduate in August.
2008 Senior Season
2007 Junior Season
Poti enrolled at Penn State in January 2007. He was the top reserve to Dennis Landolt at right tackle and played in the wins over Florida International, Buffalo, Wisconsin and Temple.
High School & Junior College
Poti lettered in football and track and field at Jefferson HS in Daly City, Calif. He was the team captain his senior year and earned all-conference, team MVP and the school's Athlete-of-the-Year honors, playing offensive tackle and defensive end. He threw the discus and shot put for the track and field team. At San Francisco Community College, Poti was team captain. He also earned all-conference, all-state and All-America honors at tackle.
Full name is Isaako Kilifi Poti III. He has two sisters, Diuyano and Autumn. His father, Issako, played football at the University of Utah from 1983-87. Prior to coming to Penn State, Poti attended San Francisco Community College for three semesters. He is pursuing a degree in recreation, park and tourism management. Born February 10, 1987 in Salt Lake City, Utah.