Tolutau Firm on Wisconsin

He's not going to be suiting up for Wisconsin for a couple of seasons, but Salt Lake City East athlete Ula Tolutau can't wait to be a part of the Badgers program following his official visit this past weekend.

MADISON - He had never been on a plane flight and committed to the University of Wisconsin in the spring without even seeing the campus, so there were a number of reasons Salt Lake City East athlete Ula Tolutau was anxious for his official visit to the Badgers.

Outcome of the game aside, the weekend lived up to his expectations.

"I thought it was overall a really, really excited atmosphere to be around," Tolutau told Badger Nation. "It was a great college town. I think the fans were great. They are really dedicated to the team."

The 6-1, 220-pound Tolutau – a three-star recruit ranked the No.8 fullback in the country by – spent time throughout the weekend with his future teammates, being hosted by defensive back Joe Ferguson and tight end T.J. Watt, and spending time with defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a, Tolutau's recruiter.

"Since the season is over, my relationship with the coaches has been building up," said Tolutau. "I am really excited about the coaches. I am getting to know most of them and getting to meet their families, too. I like that Coach Chad shows a lot of care to all his players. It really got to me on Saturday watching him.

"Fergy was nice and Watt really took care of me. He was a humble kid and fun to be around."

After spending touring the campus, watching the game and spending time with the players, Tolutau spent time with Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen.

"It was really good," said Tolutau. "He was mostly talking to my dad, just to let my dad know what my future holds and how excited he was to have me in the class."

Tolutau was the sixth commit in Wisconsin's recruiting class, picking the Badgers over BYU, Utah and Utah State in mid May. While he will sign his national letter of intent in February, Tolutau will go on a two year mission trip after high school and enroll with the program in the winter of January 2016.

Tolutau doesn't know where he's going, but is hoping to go somewhere out of the country to expand his horizons.

"It'll be a good thing for me," he said. "When I come back, I'll know what it'll be like to be by myself. Once I get back, I'll shoot over to Wisconsin and get started."

Tolutau capped off a monster season by leading East to a 15-2 record and a runner-up finish at the Utah state high school playoffs. He rushed for 2,465 yards, 176.1 yards per game and 31 touchdowns. Playing against Sandy (UT) Jordan High in September against future teammate, quarterback Austin Kafentzis, Tolutau rushed for 338 yards and three scores.

"I think overall this was one of the best seasons of any Utah team I have ever seen," said Tolutau. "We broke so many records. It was good. All that hard work in the offseason paid off. We fell a little short in the end, but I am glad it was a pretty good season."

After his monster season, Tolutau said Utah continues to aggressively recruit him, but his official visit erased any doubts Tolutau has about his recruitment.

"After this weekend, it really bumped (Wisconsin) up there," Tolutau said.

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