Tuifalasai is ready for a big 2011 season

This year, Mt. San Antonio is loaded up front with talented players and one who appears to be on the cusp of earning some offers is DT Lino Tuifalasai (6-4, 320). spoke to the physically imposing prospect recently and he updated us on things...

Tuifalasai prepped at a charter school and was unable to qualify for a D-1 football scholarship so he decided to find the best program available to him and he headed there.

"I heard about the program here at Mt. SAC and I talked to a couple of the coaches and just felt like it was the right place for me," Tuifalasai told recently. "I played in 2009 and then I redshirted this past year (2010) so this fall I will play and leave after the season."

As a freshman in 2009, Tuifalasai played both the three-technique as well as the nose tackle position and totaled 25 tackles and seven tackles-for-loss and this spring he showed he hasn't lost the skill to clog the middle and that he'll make things difficult for opposing offenses.

"I think I do both pretty well, but I'm a good pass-rusher," Tuifalasai said. "I love to stop the run and I love rushing the quarterback, so I feel like I do both pretty well.

"This summer I've been working on my weight a little bit and my conditioning and I've also worked a lot on my technique and my 'get-off'."

Recruiting is generally slow early on for Mountie linemen as schools get to know them a little better, but schools from the Pac 12, Mountain West, WAC and Big 12 were all by practice this spring and showed Tuifalasai a lot of interest.

"Utah is the school I have talked to them most so far," Tuifalasai said. "This spring they came out and watched us and I spoke to them about things and got to know them a little.

"I'm getting a lot of letters from a bunch of schools, but that's all I've seen so far and I think a lot of that has to do with me redshirting last year, so I need to show schools what I can do this fall so they can know more about me."

Tuifalasai is on pace to finish up in December and he will have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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