The recruiting process is far from over for Jay Tufele, but one of the most highly coveted defensive tackles in the West knows of two official visit destinations.
After stopping by UCLA and USC with his family this week, the four-star prospect from South Jordan (Utah) Bingham told Scout.com he intends to be back on both campuses for official visits. Tufele doesn't plan to make an early commitment, but he said the Bruins and Trojans would be contenders until the end given how much he enjoyed the trip.
The 6-foot-3, 280-pound lineman visited UCLA first.
"I really liked the campus. It was one of the most beautiful campuses I've seen," Tufele said. "The area around there is great and they've got coach Marques Tuiasosopo on staff now, and I'm really close to him. I really like it.
"Coach Angus (McClure) also told me how much film he watches on me every day. He really wants me there. When I talk to him, it's like talking to my brother or best friend. He's great. The Bruins have moved up for sure. Before I didn't know anything about them and now that I've been on campus and talked to the coaches, they are up there. It would be a place I would visit again."
Tufele visited USC last summer, so the return trip was about more acclimated with the players and establishing relationships with new members of the coaching staff.
"I fell in love with USC when I was there last year and, going back, I still love it," Tufele said. "It's definitely one of my top schools. I just love talking to the players and it's amazing being there.
"Coach Tuiasosopo was recruiting me there before, but now I talk to the defensive line coach (Kenechi Udeze). That guy is awesome. I met him last year when he was on campus, but now he's the main line coach. He's an amazing guy and a former first-round pick, and he was coaching me up like I was already one of his own players. I really love that about him."
Tufele said he would attend The Opening Regional either in Oakland or Seattle in the coming months, and he has a couple other programs in mind for visits this offseason, if not during the season.
"I might go to BYU for their junior day and check them out," Tufele said. "I also really want to visit Ohio State and Mississippi. I need to find a way to get over there. Distance is not a factor for me at all. As long as it's the school for me, I'll be there."