Doing It Right This Time

Handsome Tanielu is in his second round of recruitment. Originally a Baylor commit while in High School, the Snow College DT is using this second chance to make sure he explores all his options & makes the best decision for his future. Older & wiser now, Tanielu is looking for a future where he not only fits in on the team, but in the classroom & in life.. a future that could include Boise State.

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."

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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.

"Oklahoma State is supposed to offer me pretty soon," he said. "I'm talking to Arizona State, TCU, Ole Miss and USC as well. They've come to see me in spring ball."

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." has been covering Boise State sports since 2002. You can keep up to date on the latest Boise State news by following publisher Kevin Hiatt @Kevin_Hiatt, and lead reporter Chase Glorfield @ChaseGlorfield on twitter, by liking and following our Facebook page at BoiseStateBroncosOnScout, and by keeping your browser on the BroncoCountry website and message board. If you're a recruit who wants to create, or update a profile, or if you just have Boise State tips or information to share, email Kevin and Chase at

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