When we last caught up with Taniela Pututau in September, he had just set up his visit to Oregon State for the first weekend in December. As that date approaches, we checked back in with him to see where he was at in the recruiting process.
“Coach McGiven has been texting me weekly, checking up on my knee and telling me he’s excited to get me out to Corvallis to check out Oregon State. It’s something that I’m very excited about as it approaches. He’ll actually be by here visiting me at home Thursday and then I will be flying out there on Friday,” Pututau told BeaverBlitz.
Taniela, who attends Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City, is excited to get out on his first official visit this weekend. It will also be his first time in Oregon so he’s anxious to see what it’s like there in hopes of comparing it to his home state of Utah.
“I’ve never been to Oregon before so I really want to see it and compare it to Utah. Everyone says it’s beautiful over there, and it rains a lot,” he said jokingly. “I want to see Corvallis, I’ve heard it’s a really good college town and see how the life of a student athlete is there."
The three star athlete is ranked as a safety by Scout but is being recruited at a myriad of different positions by different programs. From safety, to linebacker, to wide receiver, however it’s tight end where the Beavers’ staff likes him.
“After watching a couple of the Oregon State games, I was able to see some of how they use their tight ends and I could envision myself doing that. I’m excited to get to sit down and meet more of the staff in hopes that we can talk more about how they see me fitting into their offense. I want to be able to spend some more time with them and compare how they run stuff their at Oregon State and compare it to some of the places that I’ve been to already here in Utah.”
Business and accounting are two areas of study that he is contemplating majoring in college. However his studies will be put on hold as Pututau plans on serving his LDS mission after graduating from high school.
Despite the delay in his arrival to a college campus, it hasn’t kept college coaches from recruiting him. Following his visit to Oregon State this weekend, he has developed a plan of visits and a timeline for when he’d like to make his decision.
“These next couple months I really want to focus in on my recruitment now that my team’s season has wrapped up. I’m looking to take trips to Utah, BYU & Utah State and then possibly one more school, if they offer me. I really want to give every school that is recruiting me right now and has stuck by me throughout this injury process, an equal opportunity. So I won’t be making a decision until right up near signing day, whether it’s a couple days before or the night before signing day, I plan on committing right around then.”
BeaverBlitz will catch back up with Taniela Pututau following his visit this weekend.