A.J. Tuitele is a very solid 5-11, 190, 4.5 forty RB/DB, who projects as a safety at the next level. Some even think he can succeed in college as a running back. Tuitele burst onto the prep football scene his sophomore year, rushing for 1400 yards in only nine games, then added another 1,245 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior, resulting in All-State Underclass honors. However, the Banning HS star is also considered a dynamo and big hitter on defense who PacWest Football's Greg Biggins ranks as the #3 safety prospect in the West.
A.J. apparently wanted to end the recruiting process and enjoy his senior season, thus the early Oregon commitment. His coach, Ed Lalau, has said that the decision was well thought out and he considers it 100% solid. The Duck coaching staff must be all smiles after receiving this pleasant surprise.