Tukuafu Is a Cat!

After finishing the season 6-6 and proving that the Wildcat Football program is on the right course. Proving to recruits that the program is definitely going in the right direction is key and the prospects are starting to notice.

Mesa Community College Defensive Linemen William Tukuafu announced his decision to become a Wildcat earlier tonight at a local Mesa restaraunt.

"It is a great opportunity to go in and make a great name for myself," he said. "It (Tucson) is a home away from home for me and that is big for me. I have family here in Mesa but I didn't want to get into too much of a comfort zone. It came down to family, I am really family oriented and I want to play in front of my family."

William went on to say that he has known for some time but waited on announcing his decision.

"I actually made the decision three weeks ago. There were a lot of prayers though," commented Tukuafu.

Tukuafu, who is 22 years old, graduated from high school and took a year off to work before going on his two year mission for the Mormon Church.

After returning from his mission he enrolled at Scottsdale Community College and played along side current UA standout DE Louis Holmes and he played for former Wildcat Kenny Giovando and he admitted that his relationship with those two was big in his decision.

"I trust Louis (Holmes) and I trust coach Giovando," William admitted. "When I talked to Louis he said he really enjoyed his experience."

The current Wildcat coaches obviously played a big part in his decision to become a Cat as well.

"Coach Kish told me they were the first on me and that they would be the last on me," he said. "Coach (Mike) Stoops said 'I'm a defensive guy. We work hard and play hard' and that pretty much sold me."

Being of the Mormon faith, Tukuafu also had a chance to speak to UA Linebacker Spencer Larsen about life in Tucson while he was on his official visit for the opening game of the year against BYU.

"I talked to Spencer Larsen when I was down there for the BYU game," he remarked. "He told me it was a place I could grow as a person."

Tukuafu was recruited by Arizona Linebackers coach Tim Kish and is the 7th public commitment for the Wildcats in the 2007 recruiting class.

Chris Bonney contributed to this story.

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