Eight programs have already extended scholarship offers to Tennessee Pututau and plenty more figure to follow after coaches get around to evaluating junior film.
One of the latest schools to join the chase for the four-star athlete from Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood was UCLA after assistant coach Angus McClure saw Pututau in action while the Bruins were in the state to take on BYU. The recent offer was so monumental that the No. 1-rated athlete in Utah for the 2018 class told Scout.com he could visit UCLA this weekend or next.
"It was pretty exciting," Pututau said. "When I told my mother about it, she was very excited because that's a school she would want me to go to, especially since we have a lot of family in California. It would be close to family members, just like the in-state schools. I'm looking into heading out there to see them against either Oregon State or USC. I definitely want to learn more about the program, the education, what's big out there and that sort of stuff. I plan on visiting the campus when I'm out there, too."
The Bruins, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Pututau said, like him at defensive end, though he does possess some versatility to slide around to a few spots.
Vanderbilt also offered recently and Pututau said that was another big one for his recruitment.
"Coach (Chris) Marve told me he likes everything he has seen, my grades and my skill set," Pututau said. "I was really excited to get that one too because obviously the academics are big and it's an SEC program."
The locals BYU and Utah figure prominently in this recruitment, as is the case for many of the top prospects in the Beehive State. Pututau has older brother, Taniela Pututau, going through the recruiting process a year ahead of him and the younger prospect said "it plays a big part because I might want to follow him to college." The Cougars and Utes are in contention for Taniela's commitment.
"They are up there because they are close to home and those are two schools my mother would definitely like to see me at," Pututau said. "Right now it's nice having an offer from both, but we're still keeping the options open."
"I also like the coaching over there in Colorado," Pututau said. "I have a friend from last year's team, Pookie, who is over there and that definitely makes it a top option for me, too. Pookie is really loving it over there."
With his own National Signing Day well over a calendar year away, Pututau said he doesn't have a time frame for a decision as he continues to garner attention from new suitors.