Corona OL Prospect Wants Local Offers

Max Tuioti-Mariner is a 6-4, 300-pound offensive line prospect from Corona (Calif.) High that is getting a great deal of early recruiting attention. He also has early scholarship offers, but says he wants to wait to see what other schools -- specifically what local schools -- offer him...

Corona (Calif.) offensive lineman Max Tuioti-Mariner (6-4, 300) was one of the more decorated underclass offensive lineman in the state last year and the early interest in Tuioti-Mariner seems to indicate that colleges are impressed by what they've seen.

"I've gotten offered by Colorado, Ole Miss and BYU already," said Tuioti-Mariner. "Some other schools said they would be offering me soon, too."

Tuioti-Mariner said two of those schools are those that reside in Los Angeles. "I like UCLA and USC a lot," said Tuioti-Mariner. "I've heard a lot from UCLA and I'm hoping to go to the USC camp again and get some more exposure. I don't know who to root for between them."

Other schools making a push for the lineman include Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Washington, California and Notre Dame.

And while the Trojans and Bruins are in his early top three, another school which he hasn't heard too much from, but knows quite well, is Hawaii. "My brother (Clarence), plays there, which is why I like them, but I haven't heard as much from them," said Tuioti-Mariner.

Last fall, Tuioti-Mariner lined up at tackle for the Panthers but he knows his future is likely inside. "I like tackle right now, and I like tackle better than guard or center, but most schools want me to play as a guard," said Tuioti-Mariner. "It doesn't matter though, I just like playing football."

Having watched the recruiting process up close when his brother was a senior, Tuioti-Mariner said he knows that, to make a decision, having plenty of time is necessary. "I'm wide open, I'm waiting to see what else is coming," said Tuioti-Mariner. "I want to see if USC and UCLA offer me and maybe some other Pac-10 schools, too."

Tuioti-Mariner said he would be attending several camps and combines this spring. "I'm a football fan and I like being around it so I want to go to as many as I can," said Tuioti-Mariner. Academically, Tuioti-Mariner has a 3.1 GPA and said he would be taking the SAT on March 3.

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