JC Defensive End Has ASU in Top Five

When a player in ASU's backyard has a stellar year, the Sun Devil coaching staff wastes no time in establishing a strong recruiting interest. Will Tukuafu was one of the defensive leaders at Scottsdale Community College in 2005, and consequently received early attention by the maroon and gold. The defensive end visited Tempe a few days back, and Devils Digest got his impressions of that trip.

"It was a good visit," said the 6-4 265 Will Tukuafu. "I liked the facilities there and I like the coaches too. I also like that they have a lot of Polynesian players. It's nice to be around the same players that have the same background as you. Arizona State has been recruiting me since October and they offered me during the season. I like them because they play in the Pac-10, and they showed me a lot of love – always staying in contact." Tukuafu mentioned that ASU head coach Dirk Koetter and defensive line coach Grady Stretz have been his recruiting coaches.

The defensive end collected 10.5 sacks for the Artichokes last season. "I love to pass rush," commented Tukuafu, "and I weigh 265. I want to get down to a good weight so it will help my footwork and speed. I played all across the line at Scottsdale, but I'm a defensive end."

BYU, Utah, USC and Oregon round up his top five choices. This last trip to Arizona State was not his first one to Tempe, but the timing of it was aimed to help his plan to settle on a school before the season starts. "I've already been to BYU and Utah," said the former East High School (Utah) standout. "I'm gonna visit Oregon in two weeks and visit USC later in the summer. I just want to get to know all the schools and go to the one I feel most comfortable with."

Tukuafu was advised to enter a Division I school with three years of eligibility. Thus, he will use his redshirt year to finish his associate's degree this December, and will ironically do so at archrival Mesa Community College.

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