South Jordan (Utah) Bingham defensive tackle Jay Tufele is now the top defensive tackle prospect in the West, moving up to the top spot, and No. 2 nationally, after a terrific spring and a good showing at The Opening Finals until a foot injury sidelined him the last day.
Tufele shined on Day One, our top defensive tackle at the event, picking up where he left off at The Opening Oakland and the Pride Camp in Utah. Tufele is cat-quick for an interior lineman, uses his quick hands really well and gets up the field and into the backfield. He's got tremendous strength and his burst at the snap makes him difficult to block. Prep linemen rarely match his strength and can't stay with his quickness. He'll need to play with more technique in college and use more counter moves when he gets to the next level because most interior linemen in college will be able to match the strength.
He's a high motor player, who plays at one speed and rarely ever takes plays off, which you can't say for all defensive lineman and plays with fire. He comes from a program that has produced some great defensive tackles in Star Lotulelei and Lowell Lotulelei, and may be a better prospect at the same stage then either, one a first round pick and the other a projected first rounder.
Tufele is currently looking at BYU, Michigan, Ohio State, UCLA, USC and Utah.