Luatua Has Plenty of Options

The La Mirada (Calif.) four-star tight end, Tyler Luatua, has offers that span the country...

La Mirada (Calif.) tight end Tyler Luatua (6-3, 235), has a who's who list of offers.

Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa State, Louisville, Miami (Fl), Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State are just some of the schools that have offered the four-star.

Auburn was the latest to join the mix.

"The offer from Auburn was pretty exciting," said Luatua. "They're in the greatest league, and they talked about how they would use me and how their tight ends have had some success there."

The state of Alabama isn't foreign terrain for Luatua, who's brother, Isaac, was a redshirt freshman for the Tigers' rival, Alabama, and has won a pair of national championship rings in his time in Tuscaloosa.

"I will try to get down to Auburn when I go out there in April," said Luatua. "I'm going to Alabama on April 20th for the spring game and to see my brother."

With offers spreading the country, Luatua said he didn't want to name any favorites, but that a few schools are standing out to him.

"Mostly all the schools are top schools to me," said Luatua. "But some of the main ones are Auburn, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and UCLA."

Luatua is the #2-ranked tight end by Scout and while some schools like him as an athlete, with defense a potential destination.

"I like tight end right now," said Luatua. "Everyone thinks I'm a defensive player but I like tight end. I'm like a Tony Gonzales or Aaron Hernandez tight end who can catch and run."

Luatua earned all-tournament honors at the NLA Elite 7on7, starting slowly on the first day of the tournament, but coming up big on the second day to help Team AIGA win the tournament.

"It was fun there," said Luatua. "The first day wasn't going good, but the second day, me and my team stepped up and we did good and won the tournament."

Luatua said other than Alabama in April, he plans to visit both of the local schools, USC and UCLA, in the spring, for unofficial visits and their respective spring games.

"I'm going to both USC and UCLA for spring practices and their spring games," said Luatua. "I'm also taking the SAT and ACT in May."

Luatua said he has been selected to both the U.S. Army Bowl and the UnderArmour All-America Game, but has yet to choose between the games.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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