QB is Best in West

One of the elite players at the recent Nike camp in Eugene (Ore.), quarterback prospect <b>Matt Tuiasosopo</b>, will likely be our choice as the top quarterback prospect on the West Coast. He talks about his ties to UCLA...

We had a chance to see Matt Tuiasosopo from Woodinville (Wash.) High throw the ball for four straight days as a ball boy at last year's EA SPORTS Elite quarterback camp. Not only has the signal caller made huge strides throwing the ball, but physically has matured and is beginning to look more like his older brother Marques.

Tui looks like he has grown about a solid two inches and put on at least 15 pounds of muscle. He looks about 6-2, 205 pounds and can make all the throws. He had a very solid camp showing a strong arm, great feet and was spinning it very well all camp long. With Tui at the quarterback position, you're also getting a player who is incredibly tough, physically and mentally, has great leadership skills and is capable of beating you with his arm or his legs.

On the recruiting front, Tui said he's open but likes Washington, UCLA and USC and claims offers from all three along with Nebraska, Washington State and Northwestern.

"I just want to go through the process right now," Tuiasosopo said. "My schedule is so busy with baseball but I would like to spend a day or two at both the UCLA and USC football camps. I don't have a timeline as far as making my decision right now. The way it will happen for me is one day I'll wake up in the morning and just know what I want to do and that's when I'll make my commitment. I would like to take a couple of trips but I don't want to drag out the process too long either."

As for his feelings on Husky head coach Rick Neuheisal being let go and how it will affect his decision.

"It may have an impact," Tui said. "Washington is still a great school though, right now, I just want to wait and see what happens with the coaching situation. It sounds like Keith Gilbertson will get the job and I really don't know him that well. I'm interested to see how things play out there and if he does get the job, will it be just on an intern basis or full time. I know Steve Axman at UCLA really well, he was the OC at Washington when Marques was there and he really liked him a lot. Plus UCLA was my childhood favorite growing up since my dad played there. As for USC, I like Coach Chow and the offense at USC. Plus they're looking very strong right now and also have a good baseball program, which is a huge factor for me.

"I like baseball just as much as football and I'll definitely do both sports in college, that's not even a question. If I got drafted really high and had to make a choice between playing just one sport, I really can't answer that right now. I'll cross that bridge when I get there but I'm not really thinking that far ahead.


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