Recently, ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Missouri offer and 2016 junior college DT prospect Handsome Tanielu 6’2” 310 Ephraim (UT) Snow College. He talked about his interest in Missouri, and he updated us on the current status of his recruitment.
“I love it that Missouri offered me,” said Tanielu. “Missouri’s a good program. They have a good defensive line………………………………….. When Mizzou offered me, I was super-excited!”
Tanielu currently holds offers from Boise State, BYU, Fresno State, Houston, Kansas, Louisville, Nevada, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Penn State, Tulsa, and Utah State, in addition to Missouri. He’s also hearing from Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Ole Miss, TCU, USC, and Utah, among others.
“They’re waiting to see how I do my first couple of games,” explained Tanielu, referring to Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, USC, and the others.
Tanielu plans to take an unofficial visit to Missouri this summer. He’s currently training in Texas, and will return to Utah for fall camp. He’d like to visit Missouri before he goes back to Utah, probably mid-July.
“I want to visit Missouri when everyone will be there,” explained Tanielu. “I want to be there when the players are there, and Coach Kool is there.”
Tanielu reported a personal best of 4.9 seconds in the 40-yard dash. His bench press maximum is 405 pounds, and he said his max squat is “close to 500” pounds.
Tanielu’s father was in the Marines. He grew up in California and in Hawaii. He graduated from high school in Hawaii, where his family curently lives. He’s already completed a Mormon mission. He’s used to traveling, but he did point out that Missouri is “far away from home”.
“I mean, everywhere is far from Hawaii,” explained Tanielu.
Tanielu identified Oklahoma State, Penn State, Boise State, and Oregon State, in addition to Missouri, as schools that he is considering.
Tanielu will graduate in December and enroll in January with three years to play two, so he wants to make a decision this fall. But he has a lot of interest in and from schools that are yet to offer.
“I’m not going to make a decision until at least Week Three or Week Four,” explained Tanielu, citing the expectation that his offer list will grow by then.
Tanielu said that he’ll take all five official visits this fall. It sounds like one of his official visits will be to Missouri.