West's Top QB Likes Three Schools

It's been an up and down season for Woodinville (Wash.) quarterback <b>Matt Tuiasosopo</b>, having to overcome injury for a second year in a row all the while dealing with the recruiting process. He has three strong finalists...

Matt Tuiasosopo, 6-2, 210 pounds is easily one of the nation's top prospects and is currently our No. 1 quarterback prospect in the West region. We first heard about 'Tui' when his older brother Marques, now with the Oakland Raiders, attended the EA SPORTS Elite 11 camp as a counselor while with the Washington Huskies three years ago.

"Wait until you see my younger brother Matt," Marques said at the time. "He's a lot better than me in every facet of the game. He has a better arm and is a lot more athletic."

With Marques' prodding, we had the younger Tuiasosopo out at the Elite 11 as a ball boy two years ago where he shined throwing the ball. An injury cut short his junior season but an impressive showing at the Nike Camp in Oregon earned him an invite to the Elite 11, this time as an actual camper and he lit it up big time.

In a vote conducted by the other 11 quarterbacks at the camp, Tui was picked as having the best overall performance of the week. We also had the college counselors pick who they felt had the best chance to succeed at the college level and again, Tui got the nod. All this despite playing in an option offense that doesn't feature the passing game at all.

"I still work on my throwing all the time," Tuiasosopo said. "Plus Marques is always working with me when he's around so I still get my throws in."

Poised for what he hoped would be a breakout senior season, Tui suffered a knee injury in the first game of the season, an injury that at first looked like it could be season ending.

"I thought I tore my ACL but I just bruised it and only missed three games," Tui said.

On the year, Tui has thrown for 313 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 463 yards and four touchdowns. Modest numbers for sure, but again, Tui's upside is off the charts as he has not only the physical tools but the kind of fiery leadership abilities that made Marques the player he was. Tui is a warrior and the kind of signal caller you want leading your team. He doesn't feel pressure and his ability to improvise and make a play that will beat you is like no other quarterback in the country.

On the recruiting front, things have remained status quo for Tui since the early part of the summer. He has three schools that he's considering, Washington, UCLA and USC and all intrigue him for different reasons.

Washington- "It's the hometown school, my brother went there and had a lot of success and I know so many of the coaches there."

UCLA- "It's the school I grew up rooting for. I always wanted to be a Bruin and with my dad going there, it's just a special place."

USC- "They're playing so well on the field right now and I love the offense. Plus I really like Coach Chow and Coach Carroll, USC has it rolling right now."

Tui said he still has no idea when he'll be ready to make his decision and is in no hurry to decide either.

"When I feel in my heart where the best place for me to go is, that's when I'll go ahead and commit," Tui said. "Right now, I still don't know what I want to do. I wish I did, one of the reasons I wanted to commit early was to avoid all the phone calls and hassles of recruiting but I just don't know what I should do right now."

For a chance to see Tuiasosopo and the rest of the Elite 11 signal callers in action from this past summer, tune in this Saturday as the EA SPORTS Elite 11 Quarterback Documentary is set to air on ESPN2 at 10:30pm ET/7:30PT.


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