Tuioti-Mariner Excited by Offer

Last Friday was a big day for Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco defensive lineman Jacob Tuioti-Mariner. The lineman picked up a big local offer during the day and then helped the Braves win their first ever CIF Championship later that night...

Jacob Tuioti-Mariner is a fast rising defensive lineman who has emerged as one of the region's top prospects. He was just elevated to four star status a couple of weeks ago and deservedly so after showing the size, strength and athleticism to play inside or outside at the next level.

Tuioti-Mariner and his Braves teammates took down a good Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei squad Friday night and we caught up with him following the game to get his thoughts on the new offer and winning a CIF title.

"I just feel so blessed to be a part of this great team," Tuioti-Mariner said. "We worked so hard this year, ever since we lost to Poly last year we made this our goal to get to the championship game and win it. Just sitting here watching my teammates celebrate like this, it brings tears to my eyes."

Earlier in the day, Tuioti-Mariner landed a local offer he had been hoping for.

"I talked to Jim Mora at UCLA and he offered," Tuioti-Mariner said. "I think that was the main reason I came out tonight so pumped up. It was a quick conversation, he said he didn't want to distract me from getting ready for the game but just said they liked me a lot and were offering me.

"I literally couldn't stop smiling after that phone call. I didn't tell any of my teammates because I didn't want to be a distraction. I told a couple of my coaches and that was it. I still want to go through the process a little more but this offer is big for me and UCLA is definitely right at the top along with Boise State.

"I know Coach Petersen left for Washington but if the DL coach, Andy Avalos, stays at Boise, I'm still going to consider them. He's the one I'm closest to but if he leaves, then I'll probably have to move on. If he goes to Washington with him, I'll give them a look for sure, I'm just going to play it out and see what happens."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for almost 20 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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