In his own words, Handsome Tanielu is doing it right this time.
The Snow College (Ehraim, Utah) defensive tackle is using his second chance with his recruitment to make sure he has his priorities in order.
When he was a senior in high school at Waianae High School in Hawaii, he committed to Baylor, but failed to qualify academically. But after serving an LDS mission in Charlotte, North Carolina, and enrolling at Snow, the 6-foot-2, 310-pound, three-star prospect has a fresh mindset and is ready to tackle his future.
"I'm just going with the flow. I'm trying to enjoy the process," Tanielu said. "In high school, it didn't happen the way I wanted it to. Now I am doing all the necessary things to make sure it does. I'm a different person. I've done all the necessary things in the classroom and the weight room."
One of Tanielu's top colleges is Boise State, which he visited for a couple of days and flew out Wednesday morning.
"I loved it. It was awesome," he said. "(The visit) helped boost my thoughts on them. They will definitely be in my top 6. They aren't leaving any time soon. I've established a really good relationship with the coaches up there. What I stand for is exactly what they are."
With offers from the Broncos, BYU, Nevada, Penn State, Fresno State, Houston, Kansas, Louisville, Missouri, Tulsa and Utah State, and interest from a number of others, Tanielu is still in the feeling out process of his recruitment.
And since recruiting is a fluid process that can change at any moment, Tanielu is comfortable waiting it out until the time feels right. He doesn't have plans to commit any time soon.
"I'm focused on school, I don't really think about it right now," he said. "I just want to finish school and then start thinking about it. A lot could happen in the next few months. At the beginning of April I only had three offers. Now I have 11. A lot could happen."
But he is very precise in what he is looking for in a university and a coaching staff.
"I want a place that I can spend a few years of my life there and a coaching staff that will be there for me," Tanielu said. "If there's a coach that pressures me to make a commitment, that irritates me. If they don't care enough to take into account my feelings and what's important to me, I don't want to be there."
From his visit to Idaho's capitol city, Tanielu learned that Boise State very much fits the bill.
"Boise State helped me realize that they have my major and they have advisors that help me understand what I want to do," he said. "I want a team that cares about what I do in my life. Boise State fits all of those for me. Coach Harsin and Coach Caldwell treat me well."
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