Has Huge Elite 11 Camp

UCLA's prime quarterback target <b>Matt Tuiasosopo</b> entered the EA SPORTS Elite 11 camp as a solid player for sure, but no one, not even Tui, expected him to perform as well as he did as many of the other campers felt the signal caller was the best player in the entire camp...

Matt Tuiasosopo, 6-2, 205 pounds played in just four games as a junior in what was his first year starting at the position. The fact that he plays in an option offense was another strike against him. Still we saw enough of Tui the summer before at the EA SPORTS Elite 11 as a ball boy and also liked him at the Nike Camp in Eugene (Ore.) to send him an invite for this year's camp. To say he had a strong showing would be a huge understatement.

At the end of the camp, the college counselors voted him the best overall quarterback and when we polled all 11 high school quarterbacks and asked them who they felt had the best week, Tui beat out Texan Rhett Bomar by one vote.

"I had an unbelievable time," Tuiasosopo said. "This was a lot different than being a ball boy. I learned so much and had a great time hanging out with the other quarterbacks. Everyone got along really well. There were no egos and everyone really bonded here."

"Matt has it all," EA SPORTS Elite 11 head coach Bob Johnson said. "He's a winner, he has the gleam in his eyes that you love to see. He doesn't have the most pure arm but he has plenty of arm strength, no doubt about that. He has a great work ethic, he's an athlete, he's smart, good in the classroom and a natural leader. I just love the kid and can't say enough good things about him."

Tui will be back in SoCal next week for the Area Code baseball games running August 4-9. He's a talented pitcher and could go high in next years MLB Draft depending on what kind of year he has.

"I love both sports equally," Tuiasosopo said. "When it's football season, that's my favorite sport and when it's baseball season, I like baseball. I'm definitely planning to do both sports in college. Right now, I haven't even thought about the draft or how much money it would take to get me to give up on going to college. I'll cross that bridge when I get there."

UCLA, Washington, USC, Stanford and Notre Dame are the top five for Tui right now and he could decide anytime.

"It could be next week or signing day," Tuiasosopo said. "Just whenever I feel ready. I don't have one school that stands out over the others right now so obviously it won't be for awhile but when I get that special feeling and know in my heart where to go, I'll go ahead and pull the trigger."


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