JC Defensive End Names ASU as Favorite

He played only one year of junior college football, and will sit out this upcoming season. Nevertheless, several schools are coveting Will Tukuafu. The former Scottsdale Community College standout told Devils Digest that the home town school leads the long list of his suitors.

"Arizona State is looking really good right now," said the 6-4 265 Will Tukuafu. "They're my number one school. I really like the atmosphere. It's a good football team with a great education program."

In a previous interview to Devils Digest a few weeks back, shortly after his unofficial visit to Tempe, the defensive end mentioned how much he enjoyed his trip. "It was a good visit," commented 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 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." He added that ASU head coach Dirk Koetter and defensive line coach Grady Stretz have been his recruiting coaches.

They are also some non-football factors that play in the Sun Devils' favor. "I'm living here in the Phoenix area," he explained, "and my fiancé is from Gilbert, so that's another reason why I like Arizona State. I'm gonna get married next year, and it would be nice to stay here after I get married."

Many Pac-10 schools have been pursuing Tukuafu, as well as programs from Utah, where he attended East High School. "I'm planning to visit Utah and Oregon this month," he stated. "I'm still considering USC and BYU. Washington, Washington State and Arizona are other schools I'm talking to."

The defensive end collected 10.5 sacks for the Artichokes last season. 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 Scottsdale's archrival Mesa Community College.

Will Tukuafu is a player with a clear plan in mind. Thus, it should come as no surprise that his decision on where to verbally commit is about to come no later than next month. "I'm gonna have my decision sometime in August," he said. "I want to decide before the fall."

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