Sun Devils doing well with DT Tongamoa

Arizona State is among the favorites for Kamilo Tongamoa, a defensive tackle who is interested in seeing the school on an official visit

Junior college defensive tackle Kamilo Tongamoa said he has six total scholarship offers and two Pac-12 schools are at the top of his list.

Arizona State is one of them.

“I really like Arizona State,” Tongamoa said. “They’re like my number two school right now if I were to pick.”

Tongamoa said his current No. 1 school is Oregon State and the only reason the Beavers have a slight edge over the Sun Devils at this point is because he has a family member who went to Oregon State who has been keeping him updated with the school.

According to Tongamoa, a 6-foot-5, 290 pound defensive tackle at Merced Community College in Merced, Calif., ASU offered him a scholarship in June.

Colorado State, Louisville, and Missouri have also offered a scholarship, Tongamoa said, in addition to ASU and Oregon State, and Cal and Fresno State are in contact.

Arizona State interests Tongamoa because of the Polynesian culture present on the team, his relationship with defensive line coach Jackie Shipp and the fact that ASU has been winning recently.

Tongamoa said he does not have a lot of unofficial visits planned out but will go to Colorado State at the end of July and visit Missouri on his bye week during the season.

He said he does not want to take any official visits until after his junior college football season is over. Right now, he said he is interested in officially visiting ASU and Oregon State.

Tongamoa said he has not spoken with any current Polynesian players on the ASU team. But, he said he likes how the Polynesian ASU players play from watching ASU game highlights on YouTube.

“What I like about the school is that they have a lot of Polynesians playing there and they’ve been under the radar for defense, for defensive line,” Tongamoa said.

According to Tongamoa, Shipp will usually contact him on Twitter daily to check up on how he is performing in school, and he's enjoyed their dialogue to this point.

Tongamoa said Shipp wants him to play interior defensive line for the Sun Devils and Shipp likes the way he gets off the ball and runs to the football.

“He just talks about how he wants to get a lot of Polynesians to be on the d-line and I’d be a good fit for his d-linemen, for his defense,” Tongamoa said.

Like a lot of recruits Tongamoa is impressed if a team has a strong record. He said the first thing he thinks about ASU is that fact that it is a winning program.

“It’s really important to me,” Tongamoa said. “I don’t like losing.”

Tongamoa said Shipp and the ASU staff have done a good job recruiting him so far and visiting the school will ultimately determine his decision.

He said he will be graduating from junior college in May of 2016 and will join his future team in the fall of 2016.


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