Toa Tuitea, a 6-4, 250 pound DE/TE from Westminster High School in California, will be making his way across the country to see what the Vanderbilt Commodores have in stored for him. VandyMania.com had the privilege of speaking with his brother, Calvin, to get the latest information.
"Toa is supposed to be flying out to Nashville for his official visit to Vanderbilt this weekend," Calvin said. "He really wants to go to Vanderbilt to see what it's all about."
Although Toa resides all the way on the other side of the country, what is it that has the Westminster, CA resident interested in the Commodores? "Toa really feels that the academics are great at Vanderbilt," Calvin said. "The fact that they play in the SEC is another thing that he likes about them."
Coach Logo has been put in charge of Toa, and it appears that the two of them have established a pretty solid relationship. "He (Toa) really likes Coach Logo," Calvin said. "Whenever Coach Logo came out for an in-home visit, it really impressed Toa. He and Toa talk about football, and how he (Coach Logo) thinks he could really play at the college level."
Although Toa seems to have a genuine interest in Vanderbilt, they will have to beat out a well-known Pac-10 program for his services. After a recent visit to Arizona State, Toa came back raving about several things the Sun Devils had to offer. "He's kind of narrowed it down to two schools; Arizona State and Vanderbilt," Calvin said. "Other schools have offered him to come out for an official visit, but I really think his decision is going to come down to Arizona State and Vanderbilt."
Often times, distance plays a major factor when trying to lure a prospect from the other side of the country. However, Calvin re-assured VandyMania.com that this is certainly not the case with Toa... "Distance is definitely not a factor for him," he stated without hesitation. "His decision is not going to be based on distance; it's going to be based on the school/program itself."
Stay tuned with VandyMania.com as the recruitment of Toa Tuitea continues to wind down. A decision is quickly approaching, and you don't want to miss it!