Honolulu 4-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele chooses UW Huskies over Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State
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#Woof: Huskies Land 4 Star Defensive Tackle Out Of Hawaii
Share Share #Woof: Huskies Land 4 Star Defensive Tackle Out Of Hawaii tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports Tonight is a night I am sure coach Pete and his staff are very happy, because they received word from 4 Star Defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele out of St. Louis HS, HI that he was committing to UW. Tuitele is a top 100 player nationally and he committed to UW over offers from USC, Alabama, Clemson, Texas, and almost every other major power. Listed at 64 and around 300 pounds Tuitele is a player who will cause havoc inside for the Huskies. He is the top prospect from Hawaii this year and the Huskies have really cleaned up on the islands.
He is the 19th commit for the class and he will sign with UW in on the 20th of December. Here is some of his film:
“There are amazing coaches there and the atmosphere we experience when we first stepped on campus last year was just amazing, like a second home,” Tuiteles father, Justin, told 247Sports. “Coach Ikaika Malloe made our family feel very, very welcome. That was one of the first visits we did, before we got out to Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama and Texas. That mark he made lasted a long time and the feeling we got there was special. It was a hard decision for him, but we felt a family fit there at Washington.”
Defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele, a top-100 national recruit out of St. Louis High in Honolulu, announced his commitment to the Washington Huskies on Sunday night, choosing UW over Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Texas, his other finalists.
“The coaches have told him they want to play him all over the line, from end to end. They dont have a specific position for him yet and want him to be able to fit in at every spot, from 1-technique to the 5-technique. They told us to watch their games and we saw defensive tackles playing at the ends, and theyve got ends fitting inside. We liked it a lot, knowing he wont be getting double-teamed as much anymore. There will be a chance for some one-on-ones.”
Tuitele, 6-feet-4 and 299 pounds, is rated as Hawaii’s No. 1 recruit and the No. 68 overall recruit in the 2019 class by 247sports.com.
The Huskies have been successful on the island in this recruiting cycle, landing commitments from four-star offensive tackle Julius Buelow, four-star defensive tackle Sama Paama, three-star linebacker Miki Ah You and three-star kicker Timothy Horn. On top off Paama, who could play on either side of the ball, Washington also has pledges from two other defensive tackles in the 2019 class — four-star Jacob Bandes and three-star Noa Ngalu.
ESPN rates Tuitele as the No. 40 recruit in the Class of 2019. Known as “Tui” to teammates, he reportedly had 39 scholarship offers in all and a 4.0 grade-point average.
Tuitele has committed to play in both the All-American Bowl in San Antonio in early January followed by the 2019 Polynesian Bowl, which will be broadcast live Jan. 19 nationally by CBS Sports Network. He is the nations No. 42 overall prospect in the 2019 class, No. 4 among defensive tackles and No. 1 in the state of Hawaii, per the 247Sports Composite.
I wish I had 100 like Tui, St. Louis coach Cal Lee told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser earlier this year.
“Weve seen the history at Washington,” Justin Tuitele said. “I grew up watching all the great UW players and then obviously how they have been developing some strong Polynesian players like Danny Shelton and Vita Vea, those guys have set a high example for Tui. He wants to be just like them.