Tuioti-Mariner Gets Checked Out

The 6-4, 300-pound offensive line prospect, Max Tuioti-Mariner, has schoarship offers from Pac-10 schools and is seeing a good amount of college coaches come out to his school, Corona High, to check him out. He talked about where his recruitment is right now...

Corona (Calif.) lineman Max Tuioti-Mariner (6-4, 300) has seven scholarship offers and he says that college coaches have been coming by the Corona campus to do the requisite eye-ball check.

"Pete Carroll from USC came by (on Monday) and it was really exciting," said Tuioti-Mariner. "Boise State came by, too."

Tuioti-Mariner said no new offers have come in recent weeks, but with college coaches visiting Corona, he thinks that could be changing. "I haven't gotten any new offers lately, but since schools are coming up, they'll look at me more," said Tuioti-Mariner. "It's alright because I'm not in a hurry to decide. I'm not even sure about camping anywhere this summer. I'm still deciding on which camp I should go to."

One thing Tuioti-Mariner did acknowledge is the region of the country where he prefers to play his college ball. "All I can say is that I like schools in the West," said Tuioti-Mariner, with six of his seven offers from schools in that region. "Pac-10 schools are what I like but I like some WAC schools and schools in the Mountain West. I like BYU and Hawaii (where his older brother Clarence plays)."

Tuioti-Mariner's offers are from Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Colorado, Ole Miss, Oregon and Oregon State, and he said he's also hearing from USC, Cal, UCLA and Boise State, along with Hawaii to an extent.

"I haven't heard as much from Hawaii lately, but I like them and I'm still going to take a look at them," said Tuioti-Mariner. "My brother said they could be offering me."

But Tuioti-Mariner insists that he's wide open. "Every school looking at me has a chance," said Tuioti-Mariner. "I'm looking at how close the team is, things like that. I'm pretty open."

One of the elite interior linemen in the state, Tuioti-Mariner said he doesn't care where he lines up in college. "I can play guard or center," said Tuioti-Mariner. "But I don't care as long as I play."

Tuioti-Mariner said that he wasn't much of a football afficianado growing up, but did have one team he liked more than the others. "I liked USC growing up. Now I like Hawaii, too, because of my brother being there." When asked if he were to take three official visits, what schools would he want to visit, Tuioti-Mariner said, "If I had to take three trips, I'd visit BYU, Cal and Hawaii. I really liked Hawaii when we went out there. I went when they played Arizona State and my brother was showing me around and I really like the campus," said Tuioti-Mariner.

Academically, Tuioti-Mariner has a 3.1 GPA and said he scored an 880 on the two-part SAT.


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