Tuiasosopo Interested In Irish

Why would an option quarterback with only year of experience playing quarterback be invited to the EA SPORTS Elite 11 camp? Quarterback Matt Tuisosopo was invited and walked away as one of the top quarterbacks at the Elite 11 camp. The Woodinville, WA native will likely see his stock skyrocket with college recruiters everywhere.

Matt Tuiasosopo didn't have amazing numbers last year. He threw for 700 yards and 8 touchdowns while throwing only one interception. He also added 500 yards rushing on the ground and 8 touchdowns. What also needs to be said is that Tuiasosopo missed hald the season with an injuries.

The 6-2, 205-pound quarterback is fresh off his impressive performance at the Elite 11 camp--a camp he really enjoyed. "It was great. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun throwing with the top high school guys and the college counselors. I was just happy I did well and I had a lot of fun meeting everyone."

So how does an option quarterback end up being invited? "I've always been working on my throwing. I throw with my receivers every chance I get. I've also worked with my brother (Marcus Tuiasosopo) a lot. I'm always working on my arm and throwing because I don't get to use it a lot in the offense we run."

Tuiasosopo already has some impressive offers. "UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Stanford have offered me so far."

Irish offensive coordinator Bill Diedrick also called him in May. "They've shown interest. I talked to them in May. I talked to Coach Diedrick. I knew him before when he was at Washington. He said they were interested and he talked about what they were doing with the offense and where they were heading. He described the situation with his offense and at quarterback. He seemed pretty interested but he didn't offer me a scholarship."

Tuiasosopo says he is interested in Notre Dame. "I'm still open to a lot of schools but I'm interested in Notre Dame. They really impressed me with what they did last year. I think they are building a great program there and I think Coach Ty (Tyrone Willingham) and Coach Diedrick are great coaches. I think they have something good going there."

One problem for the Irish might be the distance from Notre Dame to Washington. "That is something I'd have to look at. I don't know if that would bother me or not."

Tuiasosopo says he has no time-line for his decision. "I really don't know when I will make my decision. I will probably take some visits. Baseball will factor into my decision heavily. I want to play both sports in college."

Tuiasosopo says he is wide open but a few schools stand out right now. "Washington, UCLA, USC, Stanford and Notre Dame but I'm open and interested in anyone right now."

B>Comments. Baseball will factor into his decision. Matt plays shortstop in high school and said he hit over .400 last year. I do think he is interested in Notre Dame. I don't think we will know how much until the Irish offer. I also believe they will have to offer fairly soon to remain in the race.


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