Lineman's recruitment gaining steam

Jacob Tuioti-Mariner may be overlooked right now, but that is about to change. Read on to see which schools are recruiting him, his thoughts on Arizona, and more.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive end Jacob Tuioti-Mariner may be on a team with plenty of talent, but he has also gained the attention of many college recruiters.

"I just got an offer from Wisconsin," Tuioti-Mariner said. "I'm pretty excited about it because they are a pretty good school with a lot of tradition and they think a lot of my game."

Wisconsin isn't the only school that has made a positive impression on Tuioti-Mariner.

"The UA coaches saw me at my high school showcase and they called my coach shortly thereafter," Tuioti-Mariner said. "They told my coach they were really impressed by my athleticism and strength and that they were impressed by how well I move.

"It's a Pac-12 school that isn't that far from home, so I'm definitely going to look further into Arizona."

Tuioti-Mariner has a different priority list than many other major college prospects.

"Honestly, academics are the main thing I'm focused on when looking at a school," Tuioti-Mariner said. "I feel I'm good enough that I will be able to contribute to most schools, but not every school has the academics that others do.

"It's also very important to me that whatever school I choose has a quality support staff. I plan on putting a lot of time in on that front and I want to feel the school is looking out for me academically.

Tuioti-Mariner does not have an exact timetable, but does have an idea of when he would like to make a college decision.

"Hopefully, I can get everything figured out and I will decide sometime around the bowl game, but I'm not completely committed to that, either," he said. "I'm happy though because I already have some good schools recruiting me and it's still kind of early."


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