Taniela Pututau is staying home.
The three-star prospect from Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood announced his commitment to Utah on Sunday, just hours after his official visit to the nearby campus. He told Scout.com the Utes offered everything he was looking for and more.
"I really enjoyed myself this weekend; it just felt like home," Pututau said. "The opportunity that I would have to play with my two older brothers is just something that not a lot of people get to do, so I couldn't pass that up. Position wise, they want me at defensive end and that's one of the things I was looking at closely, but as long as I get to play with my brothers down the road, that's all that matters. Family is a big thing for me."
Family, in fact, hosted Pututau on the trip. Taniela's older brother, Howard Pututua, signed with the Utes in 2014 and showed Taniela around campus throughout the weekend.
"It was pretty cool and it just made it feel like home even more," Pututau said. "My brother didn't force me to do anything and told me if this wasn't the place for me, I wasn't forced to go there. But he really showed me what Utah is all about.
"Growing up just down the street from campus, I've grown up around the program. Just to see all the local recruits and other recruits coming in, they treat everyone like family and it doesn't matter what your star ranking is. It meant a lot to me and it's just a place I felt very comfortable with. I see myself being successful there."
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Pututau intends to leave on his two-year LDS mission following high school and said the Utes view him as a defensive end down the road, though a lot could change depending on how he develops physically while he's gone.
"They're projecting me to be a defensive end, but maybe if when I come back I'm not as heavy as they thought I would be, they could move me to the Y position on offense, so thats still a possibility," Pututau said.