Andrew Tuazama is an emerging tight end/defensive end from Knightdale (N.C.), and the 6-foot-6 225-pound three-star has seen his recruitment rise considerably during the last month or so. Tuazama’s offer list has reached double digits, and he now has looks from schools such as Miami, Ole Miss, Purdue, Tennessee, Rutgers, ECU, and, most recently, Maryland.
Tuazama pulled the Terps’ look from UMD-area recruiter Pete Lembo March 31. Lembo doubles as Tuazama’s position coach, as UMD offered him at tight end.
“Maryland was a good offer to get,” Tuazama said. “I’d been talking to Coach Lembo for a little while, and he’d been texting me and telling me about the program, the university and the history of it. It sounds like a good school, and Coach Lembo seems like a cool dude.”
Tuazama admitted he didn’t recall much more than the basics about the Terps, though. He likes that they’re in the Big Ten and that it’s a solid academic school, but doesn’t know much beyond that.
“That’s a school I want to visit though,” Tuazama said. “I want to find out more. Also, one of my coaches here, he played at Maryland, so I have that connection.”
In the meantime, Tuazama has been checking out some schools closer to his home. He was at Wake Forest March 31 and NC State March 24. Neither program has offered yet, but the Knightdale prospect believes the verbals will eventually materialize.
“Wake Forest was very nice. It’s a smaller school, so the teacher-to-student ratio is really good. I like that about Wake, and the academics. It’s a nice football program too,” Tuazama said. “And NC State, that was like my favorite school growing up. It’s a good program there and my mom liked it there a lot too.”
Next up, Tuazama is heading to UNC, whose coaches have also shown interest, April 8. He doesn’t have any planned trips after that, but has Tennessee, Miami, Rutgers and Maryland on his radar.
“My cousin plays at Tennessee, so I want to get out there,” Tuazama said. “And the other ones, all the coaches have been talking to me and want me to visit. I plan to see as many of them as possible.”
Tuazama went on to say none of his current offers have caught his eye, so to speak, and he’s in the process of learning about each of them. He said he won’t have any sort of leaderboard until after he takes some visits.
More than likely, Tuazama will take a deliberate approach and wait until after his senior season to choose a school. He wants to take multiple officials before ending his recruitment.