Described by his Coach at Orange Coast as one of the most feared players on the entire West Coast, Jimmy Niutapuai committed to Kansas State after taking a visit to Manhattan back in November. Since then the phone still occasionally rings with coaches interested in recruiting Jimmy to their school.
"Yea I still get some calls. My family has a lot of coaches in it too and even they will call sometimes to wish me good luck and see if I am still strong to Kansas State. It's more of a joke with them (his family) but not with some of the other coaches. Recruiting has really kind of died down since I committed but I let everyone know who calls I am solid to Kansas State and not looking around," said Niutapuai.
At 6-foot-1 ½ and 260 pounds, Jimmy says that his position for the Cats will be at Fullback and he is looking to getting to Manhattan.
"Coach Miller visited about a week ago and talking with my family and just sitting down and talking with everyone just really made my commitment to Kansas State even stronger. I really want to get down there and get started and I am just looking forward to getting going. Coach Miller really made an impression here with my family and it was nice for them so meet him and have him here."
As far as recruiting goes, Jimmy says he has been doing some of his own. As many know Niutapuai's teammate and friend at Orange Coast, Ricky Miller recently committed to Kansas State.
"On my visit some of the coaches asked about some of the other players at Orange Coast and I told them Ricky was a really good player and they should take a look. I heard that he committed and I am just really happy for Ricky. It would be great to room with Ricky once we both get down there. When they asked me about Ricky I just told them he was a really good player and that he is really fast. That guy goes sideline to sideline and is just a really good defensive end. He can chase plays down and take players out from behind."
As far as competition between the two, Jimmy says he is looking forward to "bumping into Ricky" on the field in the near future.
"We have played against each other and bumped into one another before and I am looking forward to doing that at Kansas State."
As far as playing time, Jimmy says that coaches have told him to come to Manhattan ready to suit up and play.
"Well I am coming from a JUCO so the coaches have told me to be ready to play as soon as I get there and compete for a spot. We have not talked too much about where I fit just yet but they have told me it is open and that they really only have one maybe two other fullbacks right now. So they expect me to come in and compete and play when I get there."
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