Tukuafu: Will Spend the Fall Going to School

One of the more unusual recruiting stories of the year is that of defensive end Will Tukuafu. After signing a National Letter of Intent with BYU in 2002, Tukuafu went on a 2-year LDS mission. After returning home he found out that he was quarter credit short of admission as determined by the NCAA Clearing House.

Last year he was at Scottsdale and has transferred to Mesa College (Ariz.). However, according to Mesa's head coach Dan Dunn, Tukuafu will not play for the Thunderbirds and will spend next fall preparing academically to enroll at a Division I University. Tukuafu will have three years to complete three years of eligibility and will be able to enroll in the winter of 2007.

Dunn saw the big defensive player in action for Scottsdale and believes that Tukuafu could be a good football player at the Division I level.

"He's a good football players," Dunn said of Tukuafu. "He has the size and quickness to play (at Division I)."

Dunn was unable to confirm that Tukuafu is visiting the University of Oregon this week, but indicated that Tukuafu is visiting several colleges during the summer.

Tukuafu presently has offers from Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, USC, Utah and Washington State.

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