With Korey Foreman ending his recruitment with a dedication to USC over the weekend, there’s a new prime remaining unsigned 2021 recruit.
Meet five-star Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic defensive finish J.T. Tuimoloau. The 6-foot-4.5, 277-pound defensive lineman is the No. 3 recruit within the class of 2021 based on 247Sports and the twenty fourth highest-ranked recruit since 2000.
He’s additionally the most important fish left within the sea this recruiting cycle.
Tuimoloau has at all times meant to signal his Nationwide Letter of Intent in February, forgoing the Early Signing Interval to decide on the normal Nationwide Signing Day. When it comes time for him to commit, Tuimoloau will select between a gaggle of finalists that includes Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, USC and Washington.
Washington was the primary college to supply Tuimoloau in early in his star-studded recruitment. The Huskies have pulled some large commitments out of their very own yard lately, however Ohio State appears to have a slight benefit over the sphere on the subject of securing Tuimoloau’s companies, as his 247Sports Crystal Ball at present reads closely in favor of the Buckeyes.
“Coach Larry Johnson and the historical past he has had with placing defensive lineman within the league actually stands out to me and I’ve at all times had an in depth relationship with Gee Scott,” Tuiomoloau mentioned of Ohio State, per 247Sports’ Brandon Huffman.
Wherever he winds up, Tuiomoloau will ascend to the school ranks with the prospect to make an on the spot influence. Initially the highest recruit within the class of 2021, Tuiomoloau is polished as a cross rusher and run stopper. He additionally possesses a excessive soccer I.Q, performs with an countless motor and is a freak athlete, making him a prospect any teaching employees across the nation would like to get their palms on.
“Highly effective, athletic and nimble, with room to nonetheless add important weight on the subsequent degree,” Huffman mentioned in his scouting report of Tuiomoloau. “Has lined up on the sting, mixing with hand down whereas additionally standing up. Elite cross rusher, who can combine quite a lot of strikes with pure energy to shed his blockers. Can drop into protection towards working backs, receivers and tight ends and has the athleticism and ball abilities to be a pressure in protection. Has even performed security.
“Might be a prime tight finish prospect if he centered on offense, with pure pass-catching abilities, potential to trace the ball and excessive level it and run after the catch. Additionally a high-major basketball participant, averaging almost a double-double in prep profession. As he continues so as to add weight and energy, figures to be among the many elite pass-rushers on the subsequent degree. Initiatives as an on the spot influence Energy 5-starter and a High Ten general draft choose.”