A Blue And Orange Christmas For KT Tuumalo

Punahou School ATH KT Tuumalo (Honolulu, HI) became the fifteenth verbal commitment for the 2011 Boise State recruiting class last night when he pledged to the Blue and Orange. Tuumalo carefully looked at all possible suitors before deciding that Boise State was the best fit for him and his future. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his commitment to Boise State and his future as a Bronco.

Punahou School ATH KT Tuumalo (Honolulu, HI) became the fifteenth verbal commitment for the 2011 Boise State recruiting class last night when he pledged to the Blue and Orange. Tuumalo carefully looked at all possible suitors before deciding that Boise State was the best fit for him and his future.

"For me, it was looking at all the colleges and seeing what they had to offer. What Boise had to offer outweighed the other colleges," he said. "I kind of knew I wanted to commit to Boise, but I really wanted to keep my mind open and see what the other colleges have to offer too. Boise just seemed like the right place for me," he added.

The future Bronco decided last night to simply pick up the phone and commit to Head Coach Chris Petersen. The family atmosphere that Boise State has become so well-known for was the biggest selling point.

"I committed to Coach Petersen. He was real happy," he stated. "Boise is just like one big family and I feel like I'll fit in right there. Everybody respects each other up there and I like that."

Tuumalo's parents also played a big role in his decision. They gave their input on each school, but left the decision totally up to KT. Having said that, Boise State was the school they favored throughout the process.

"Well, my parents tried not to push me and they gave input on the schools and the benefits of each," he said. "They were pushing for Boise more than anything and were happy when I said I was going to call Coach Petersen and commit."

Boise State was the only school recruiting Tuumalo at the Nickelback position. In the end, that also played a large role in his decision due to the importance of playing Nickelback at Boise State in the 4-2-5 system.

"Nickelback is a real important position on their defense," Tuumalo said. "For me, I'm all about defense. I'm a defensive guy and growing up I could choose whether I wanted to play on offense or defense. I'm just glad I'm going to a team that has a strong defense. Hopefully, I can make it stronger."

Tuumalo (6'2, 210) has a motor that never stops. That's his biggest asset and exactly what he'll bring to the Bronco defense.

"I'd say just taking someone down from behind, making those plays where you just don't stop," he said. "Boise fans can expect that. I keep going and I don't get tired," he added.

KT Tuumalo chose Boise State over offers from Oregon State, Colorado, Arkansas, Arizona, and others.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on KT Tuumalo.

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