Five-star Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele holds upwards of three dozen offers from prominent programs around the country, and on Monday evening, Tuitele cut his list of options to just five finalists.
The Texas Longhorns survived the cut, along with Alabama, Washington, Ohio State, and Clemson
TOP 5 IS HERE.. Please respect my decision. No interviews at this time. To God Be the Glory. pic.twitter.com/ZptMOwnAvH— FAATUI TUITELE (@tuitele87) May 21, 2018
The obvious surprise exclusion here is USC, which recently hosted Tuitele for an unofficial visit on May 12 and held the majority of the elite interior presence’s Crystal Ball projections.
With the Trojans now on the outside looking in, though, Tuitele’s recruitment appears to be wide open. The Longhorns extended an offer in mid-March after the Hawaii native made a surprise visit to the Forty Acres, where he spent time with recruiting assistant Jake Langi, who is also of Polynesian decent.
As expected, though, with a prospect of Tuitele’s caliper, Todd Orlando and Oscar Giles are heavily involved in this recruitment, as well.
In addition to tourning Texas, Tuitele has also made recent unofficial visits to Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and LSU. The latter two, of course, didn’t survive his cut.
Texas’ class currently sits at six pledges with one hailing from Huntsville strong-side defensive end T’Vondre Sweat, but if the ‘Horns could ultimately add Fuitele to the mix, he would undoubtably become one of, if not the headliner of Texas’ 2019 class.
At 6-foot-4, 299 pounds, Tuitele is ranked as the nation’s No. 24 player and as the No. 2 defensive tackle prospect in the country, per the 247Sports Composite.