Cats will host JUCO D-Tackle

With the recent commitment of Gabe Long to USC, the Arizona Wildcat coaching staff is turning their attention to another stud defensive tackle from the JUCO ranks. The Wildcat coaches have already added Byron Smith to the roster for the interior line position and they are still looking to add one or possibly even two more.

While the waiting game is on for high school standout Ekom Udofia, the Cat coaches will host Fresno City College standout Tolifili Liufau this weekend.

Tolifili originally committed to the Oregon Ducks earlier in the year but according to Liufau the Ducks are no longer an option.

"The admissions lady up at Oregon said that they could not accept one of my classes or something," said the 6-foot-3 inch, 310 pound defensive tackle. "My grades are fine, I have like a 3.2 or something but the lady said that one of classes can't transfer up there."

With his Oregon commitment falling through, Liufau has turned his attention to the Arizona Wildcats. He will be in Tucson this weekend for an official visit.

"I just talked to Coach (Mike) Tui (Tuiasosopo) from Arizona and I am going there this weekend," said Liufau. "I leave on Friday morning for Arizona. I am looking forward to seeing what it is like there. I talked to Coach (Mike) Stoops already and he seemed like a nice guy, like h is cool. Coach Tui is an aggressive guy and he is nice too."

When it comes to knowledge of the Arizona Wildcat program, Liufau admits that he does not know a whole lot about the program or the City of Tucson.

"I know the weather is similar to here in Fresno and that is fine, I am used to the heat now," he said. "Other than that I don't really know anything about it down there. I know that my uncle Stan (Mataele) played there like back in the 80's or something but that is all I know."

Tolifili describes himself as a raw bull-rusher type of defensive tackle. This past season was his first playing the tackle position after always playing defensive end.

"I used to play defensive end so I could use my quickness more," he said. "This was my first year as a tackle and it is really different. You have a lot of space at end but inside you have to kind of play in a box and it is harder. Right now I am just a straight bull rusher. That is what coaches tell me, that I am really good off the ball and that I have a lot of power. I need to work on my technique and my handwork so hopefully Coach Tui can teach me what I need to know."

Liufau could be just what the doctor ordered for the Wildcat defensive front line. He is big, a true A-gap tackle that is immensely strong and is raw and very coachable.

"I will do what the coaches tell me to do," he said. "I know that I have a lot to work on so I will listen. I do play with a lot of power though. I just injured my pectoral muscle but before I did that I was bench maxing about 495. I almost made it to 500 and hopefully I will pretty soon."


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