Luatua sets first two official visits

La Mirada (Calif.) tight end Tyler Luatua looked very good over the weekend at the IMG West Regional Championship and said he has two official visits lined up.

We've seen Tyler Luatua a couple of times this spring, first at the NLA 7 on 7 in Las Vegas and at the SoCal NIKE Camp in April. He looked just OK at both events, not really engaged, almost like he was just going through the motions a little.

This past weekend, Luatua was very competitive and when combined with all of his physical tools, was a tough matchup for opposing defense. The athlete has a big frame and said he has put on almost 30 pounds since last season.

He has strong hands, is a solid route runner and can make the tough catch in traffic while absorbing a hit. He showed good overall athleticism catching a few jump balls over smaller defensive backs and lived up to his lofty status as one of the nation's top tight end recruits.

On the recruiting front, Luatua said he has two trips locked in right now.

"I'm going to Alabama (Oct 11) and the following week I'll be at Notre Dame (Oct. 18)," Luatua said. "We have a bye the week of that Alabama visit so my family is going to go out there and see my brother and I'll do my visit then. I've never been to Alabama before but I have a good relationship with the coaches and my brother Isaac is really happy there and likes it a lot.

"Coach Denbrock and Coach Booker came to my school last week and I'm very interested in them. They're recruiting me really hard right now and I like their program, their offense and how much they use the tight end. It would be a really good ft for me."

Luatua said he would like to take at least 2-3 of his official visits and has a few other programs in mind for potential trips.

"Michigan and Ohio State are recruiting me really hard," Luatua said. "I would love to see those schools if I can. Florida State is another school that I'm hearing a lot from and locally, UCLA is recruiting me hard and I have interest there too.

"Everyone is recruiting me for tight end except for Oregon, they like me for defense. Tight end is what I prefer but I'll play wherever the team needs me. Right now, I'm open to everyone. I know a lot of people think I'm a lock for Bama because my brother is there but I don't have any leaders and I want to go through the process before I commit anywhere."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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