2018 athlete Talanoa Hufanga is off to nice recruiting start with his first offer coming from a Pac 12 school.
"My recruitment is going great and I'm blessed to get the opportunity. Utah was my first offer and I'm excited to see what's coming."
The prospect out of Crescent Valley High School in Oregon picked up that offer last week and has the Utes wanting him to play on the defensive side of the ball.
"Utah likes me as an athlete on defense. I can play strong safety or even outside linebacker eventually. I don't have a preference on where I play. It's a matter of where I fit best on defense."
Justin Ena is his recruiting coach, and Hufanga is excited to develop a friendship with him.
"My relationship with Coach Ena is very new, but I like him already. He called me and made the offer and we talked about the program and what they can do for me and I can do for them. My family was super excited."
While he's high on the Utes now, a potential summer visit could help boost their chances.
"I might take an unofficial visit out there, but I'm not sure. I've still got a long time until my official visits, so I'm not sure about those yet."
With plenty of time before making a decision, the 6'1" 194 pounder doen't plan on committing for another 23 months or so.
"I just want to find a place where I fit best. It needs to be a good academics school with a football team that has a family feel to it. I'm a student first, but also a place where the coaches really take care of their players."
The junior ot be spent most of his 2015 season as his team's signal caller, putting up 10 touchdowns on both the ground and through the air with only 2 interceptions.
"Last season I played mostly on offense at quarterback. We didn't have another QB, so I didn't get to play much defense."