Tavake Tuikolovatu secures two more official visits from Pac-12

Fontana (California) Summit Two-Way Lineman Tavake Tuikovatu has completed its #3 official visit and will visit Washington state next weekend.

Tuikolovatu has already officially visited Cal and Utah and will travel to Washington state over the weekend (December 2).

“You were my first scholarship offer”, said Tuikovatu. “They made me an offer in July and you always remember that first offer and I also have a good relationship with the coaching staff.

“It was Clay McGuire, the orienteering coach, who made me the offer but I really like all the staff there so I’m looking forward to the visit.”

The following week (9 Dec) Tuikolovatu will pay an official visit to UCLA.

“That was a great offer for me” said Tuikovatu. “My parents like UCLA, it’s one of those schools that they wanted me to attend and check out before I even got any offers because of the great academic background.”

Tuikolovatu looks open in his recruiting at the moment, but we know Utah made a big impression on his official visit. He attended the weekend the Utes were knocked off USC.

“I loved the campus and the soccer facilities,” said Tuikolovatu after the trip. “Everything about the trip was really well organized and the coaches were great with us and made us all feel at home.

“I’ve spent a lot of time on it Kammy Delp (Defensive Player Assistant) and Luther Ellis (DL Coach) as well. They like me as a defender and coach Ellis spoke to me about defense and their scheme and how I would fit in there. We watched a film and I watched team training and I really like the overall fit.”

Tuikolovatu is an interesting story. Originally from Hawaii, he played at Maui High before joining Summit two years ago when soccer in Hawaii was shut down due to Covid.

He gets looks on both sides of the ball, with some schools considering him a defensive tackle and others an offensive lineman.

He’s a talented player on both sides and could end up as an offensive tackle or guard on offense, or a defensive tackle/edge on the defensive line. He’s a massive kid and looks every 6-6,300 pounds he lists, plays with a motor and has a chance to become a very nice player at the next level.

In recent months, he has received scholarship offers from a variety of schools including BYU, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington. Washington State was its first offer in July and schools like Cal, Oregon State and Utah also pitched in.