Top Three for Tuioti-Mariner
When the Badgers take on Northwestern October 12, Wisconsin will be rolling out the red carpet with a star studded list of visitors; a list that includes five official visitors and two five-star prospects from the state of California. One of those five-star players is offensive guard Damien Mama from Bellflower St. John Bosco, and Mama will be joined on the visit by teammate and defensive end Jacob Tuioti-Mariner. "The latest with my recruitment is Boise State offered few weeks back," Tuioti-Mariner told BadgerNation. "I will also be taking my official visit to Wisconsin and will probably take my other official visits to Boise State, Arizona and Fresno State. California, Washington and Utah State are showing a lot of interest in me right now too. My top schools right now, however, are Wisconsin, Boise State and Arizona." One of the reasons the talented defensive lineman is high on the Badgers is the bond he has with defensive line coach Chad Kauha'ah'a. "The way I found out about my Wisconsin offer was by Coach Chad hit me up and was talking to me about the program, which led up to the offer," said Tuioti-Mariner. "When I received the offer, I was super excited because I knew that Wisconsin is a power house. "Coach Chad seems like he is a really good coach. By the way he recruits and talk about Wisconsin, it gives me a clue that he is a coach that actually cares and tries to make his players better." Another advantage for Wisconsin is the family aspect, as Tuioti-Mariner said one of his favorite aunts lives in Madison. "To know that I could visit her if I choose to go to Wisconsin would be great,' he said. "I haven't spoken my aunt yet about Wisconsin, but my mom tells me that she is a big Wisconsin fan and that Madison is a huge football city." While the 6-2, 250-pound Tuioti-Mariner says his recruiting is very fluid with nothing concrete on a decision date, but he squarely focused on making an impact during his senior season. "Our season opener was against Compton Dominguez, which ran a double wing offense," said Tuioti-Mariner. "The starting defensive line was subbed out mid second quarter, so I ended up with only six tackles. It was a good first game for me, but I can always do better."