JUCO OL to send LOI Today

Last year, the Wildcats landed a host of recruits during the early signing period for junior college kids. This season, it's been relatively quiet on the JUCO front. That was until Fatu Turituri committed to Kentucky on Monday. According to his coach, he's signed, but hasn't sent the papers yet.

"I know he's signed his letter of intent," said Los Angeles Harbor coach Steve Schmitz. "He just hasn't sent it in yet. He said he would be sending it in sometime today."

The sophomore, Fatu Turituri was an All-Western State Conference first team selection out of Los Angeles Harbor College.

"Can't say enough about Fatu," Coach Schmitz said. "He's been an All-Conference guy for me for two years. He had a bunch of schools after him. New Mexico's been wanting him real bad - in fact they've been trying to get him today. But he liked it at Kentucky. He liked the experience he had out there and he also wanted to play against the best in the SEC."

According to his coach, the 6-foot-4, 315 pound Turituri will enroll in January and will have 2 years to play two.

"The coaches from Kentucky came here last spring, doing their evaluations and they talked to me and said they needed someone who could come in and start next year. I told them, 'Fatu's your guy."

It may have been easy for Kentucky to find their new offensive line star of the future, but things weren't as easy for Turituri to find a home in the junior college ranks.

"Well he's from the Island of Samoa and he at first went to Snow Junior College in Utah. For whatever reason, he didn't like it out there, so he then moved out here, lived with his uncle and then enrolled in school. Soon after, he walked into my office and said he wanted to play football. I said to myself, at 6-foot-4, 315 pounds, your darn right right you're playing football. Ever since he knocked on my door, he's been a blessing for us."

The Cats weren't the only ones to see that blessing; "Well the main ones were New Mexico, Utah, and UNLV. He got some early interest from Cal and they stayed with him, but never offered."

Turituri is the 21rst committed scholarship to 2004 and will join January enrollees Myron Pryor, Gary Williams, Johnny Williams, Mikhail Mabry and Trevard Lindlay this spring.

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