Gerard Martinez

No. 4 DT Jay Tufele has USC among his top schools

Nation's No. 4 defensive tackle Jay Tufele talks about relationship with USC and defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze.

South Jordan (Utah) Bingham four-star defensive tackle Jay Tufele wants to know just how good he is. 

The top defensive tackle in the state of Utah is ranked No. 4 nationally at the position, but he hasn’t had many opportunities to showcase his abilities against other elite players. That’s what his goal is today at the Nike Opening Oakland Regional.

“See how good I match up with all the other athletes….the goal is to try to get invited to The Opening [Finals],” Tufele said.

The No. 54 overall player in the Scout 300, Tufele has been a wanted man this spring with coaches from schools like Ohio State, Michigan, Washington and Notre Dame dropping by Bingham. USC has also been communicating with Tufele and been out to visit.

USC is up there. They’re on my list. They’re right there.”

The 6-foot-3, 297-pound lineman has built a good relationship with new defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze.

“Their whole coaching staff changed, but when I met Coach Kenechi — he’s an awesome guy — he just treated me like I was his own player and we just kicked it off real good,” Tufele said. “He likes how I move for my size. He says that I’m one of the quickest kids for my size. He just loves how I’m aggressive every down, every play. “

Tufele took an unofficial visit to USC during the spring and got a chance to catch the Trojans practice. 

“I saw the campus. Man, their campus is beautiful. I got to see the players in action and kind of what they do everyday. It was awesome to see.

“I definitely like the d-line coach and the players. I talked to all of them — the d-line. They were all awesome. I really looked up to JuJu Smith[-Schuster] and Su’a Cravens because they are awesome Polynesians at USC.”

Tufele doesn’t have any unofficial visits scheduled for the summer or officials in the fall, but he’s doing his research on a number of schools, including USC.

“I’ve got schools, but just so far, I’m just looking around right now doing my homework on them.”

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USC recruiting analyst Gerard Martinez contributed to this report.

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