Tuitea Enjoys ASU Trip, To Decide Next Month

Westminster (Calif.) High School defensive end Toa Tuitea completed his official trip to the Sun Devils earlier today, and Devils Digest talked to him about the visit.

"It was awesome, we had a great time," said Calvin Tuitea, who accompanied his brother on the Tempe trip. "The coaches were great and the players spoke very highly of Coach Erickson. The facilities are nice; the academic support there is excellent. Everything about this trip was great – there's was nothing negative about it."

The 6-4 250 Toa Tuitea was hosted by Shawn Lauvao and Thomas Altieri, and his brother Calvin said that it was very evident how happy the two, as well as the other current players, were there. "You can tell that they really like it there and that the school treats them well," he remarked. "They really appreciate this new coaching staff, and I can't say enough about Coach Erickson. Everyone loves him out there."

Originally the Westminster standout was recruited by the Sun Devils (his recruiting coach is Safeties Coach Matt Lubick) as a defensive end. However, through out the recruiting process the ASU coaches indicated that they would like to take a look at him at tight end as well. "The coaches said once he gets into camp they'll see where he fits on the team," he said. "He likes both positions. He doesn't care where he plays. He could even gain some weight, get to 290 and be a defensive tackle."

Tuitea stated that the recruiting process is far from over for his brother, and that they're still fielding calls from schools that are showing interest. Furthermore, they plan to take at least one more visit. "We're going to Vanderbilt on January 11th," he remarked, "and with some other schools calling us there's probably gonna be another visit."

"The whole recruiting process and deciding on a school is hard. We really liked our visit to Arizona State. They are the real deal."

The defensive end/tight end has been recruited by ASU for a few months now, and was offered by the maroon and gold a couple of weeks ago. Arizona, Washington State, Hawaii, Mississippi, Vanderbilt are some of his other offers.

Tuitea's Westminster team finished 8-4 and conference champs, and the ASU prospect has been back-to-back Defensive MVP of the conference.

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