Taimatuia is blowing up this summer

One of the top defensive tackles in the Jayhawk conference this year is proving to be Fort Scott's Justin Taimatuia (6-2, 300). He has double-digit offers to his name and more schools could be getting into the mix soon. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented prospect recently and he updated us on how things are going...

Taimatuia spent his youth in American Samoa and then, once he graduated from high school, he decided to head east to Kansas in order to continue his football career.

"Fort Scott was just where God wanted me," Taimatuia told JCFootball.com. "His plans for me took over and Fort Scott was just the best place for me, so I came over and I've been really happy there.

"We have a talented team and the coaching is good. We also play against top competition every week so it's a good chance for me to get better every day in practice and then every week when we play."

As a freshman last season, Taimatuia was a rock in the middle of the Greyhounds' defensive line, posting 38 tackles and three sacks.

"I played mainly on the nose, but I played a lot of defensive tackle as well," Taimatuia said. "I love playing defensive tackle more just because I have more space to work with, but I can play nose well too. I just want to do whatever helps my team win."

With his outstanding size, athleticism and the nasty streak he plays the game with, Taimatuia has garnered a lot of early offers and some other schools could be getting into the mix soon.

"I have offers from Memphis, South Alabama, Toledo, Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech, Indiana, Boise State, Houston, UT-San Antonio, Texas A&M, Tennessee State and I have a couple more that I can't think of right now," Taimatuia noted. "Arkansas, Florida Atlantic, Ohio and Southern Illinois are recruiting me pretty hard as well."

Taimatuia said he plans to take his visits before he makes his decision.

"I will be visiting Indiana in July and then I want to take all my official visits this fall before I decide," Taimatuia said. "A lot will depend on the feel I get from the program and playing time. I want to have the chance to start from the time I get there."

Taimatuia is on pace to graduate this coming December and he will have three years to play two following the 2012 football season.

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