Three Offers For Tea So Far

Snow College DT Tonga Tea (6-0, 310) wasn't a highly-recruited athlete coming out of Benny Benson High School in Anchorage, Alaska as a senior and never thought he would play college football, but that's all changed after a standout performance as a redshirt freshman in 2005.

"I had a pretty good year," Tea told after a recent weight-lifting session.  "I could have done better, but I thought I did pretty well."

As a senior coming out of Alaska, Tea said his grades weren't very good and that he didn't qualify and thus no schools recruited him.  Snow was the one school he talked to about playing football and when he enrolled he knew he'd found his home, albeit a slightly warmer version of home.

"It was tough getting used to heat," Tea said with a laugh.  "Other than that it's not too much different.  The guys here are great and the coaches are too."

Tea used his redshirt season to work on his strength and speed and then played as a second-year playing in 2005.  He benches 225 pounds 25 times and runs the 40 in 5.4 seconds.

On the recruiting front, Tea has three offers from schools a lot bigger than he ever thought he would attend.

"Coming down here, I never thought I would play for a big program," Tea said.  "I thought maybe I would walk-on at an NAIA school or something, but my coaches have really promoted me to some of the schools out there so that feels really great. 

"I have offers from Utah, Oklahoma State and Oregon and those three would be my leaders.  I'm also hearing from UNLV, Northern Arizona and Iowa State."

Tea will graduate in December and plans to major in architecture.  He will have two years to play two and plans on taking his visits during the fall.


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