Five-star DT Faatui Tuitele ready for some visits

Saint Louis defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele has the most scholarship offers of any Hawaii high school player since Kaiser offensive lineman Michael Eletise, who signed with Arizona in 2016. Cindy Ellen Russell / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

If there was a grade for time management, that would probably be another A-plus for Faatui Tuitele.

The Saint Louis junior manages to post elite grades in the midst of training for football. Without athletics, the numbers are eye-popping: a 3.9 grade-point average for the fall semester, including a 4.2 in the latest quarter.

Combine that with his success as the nation’s No. 2-rated defense tackle, and the doors of opportunity keep opening. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound phenom has 32 scholarship offers. Tuitele is being proactive, planning on a slew of unofficial visits to some of the top programs in the nation.

Two trips will highlight his spring semester. During spring break March 12-17, Tuitele and his father, and possibly his mother, will travel to LSU, then Oklahoma. A third visit might fit into the time frame.

“We’ll see who else,” he said.

Shortly after that, he will make unofficial visits to Alabama and Ohio State in the span of two days: Apr. 5-6.

“My sister (Felicity) will be in a volleyball tournament,” Tuitele said. “So I’ll be on the road already. My parents are doing a lot of trips for us.”

The clamor for the talented playmaker has been growing on Twitter, but a tweet by former Saint Louis standout Tua Tagovailoa has expanded and exploded the attention level.

“A lot of (fans) are following me and asking me to come to ‘Bama, but it’s even more after Tua mentioned me. It was crazy, but they’ve got one of the best fan bases,” he said.

The two trips aren’t the only ones on Tuitele’s itinerary. On Wednesday, he flies to Las Vegas with the Hawaii 808 7v7 team coached by Vince Passas.

“I’m trying something new, playing tight end,” he said.

The 7v7 event allows pass rushing, and there are no pass protectors.

“It’s my first year doing this Pylon. It’s a new experience I wanted to try,” Tuitele said.

Former Saint Louis scholar-athlete Marcus Mariota had donated everything from sweats and jackets to uniforms and jumpsuits to his former quarterbacks coach’s squad, Tuitele added.

In May, he will be in Costa Mesa, Calif. to participate in Jesse Sapolu’s Super Linemen Camp.

As for Hawaii, Tuitele said he has occasional contact from assistant coaches Craig Stutzmann and Corey Batoon. Tuitele, who dreams of becoming a judge one day, is frank, yet perceptive about the environment for himself and all heavily recruited athletes in the islands.

“They pop in here and there and we talk. I honestly think they already think they’re out of the game with me. They really don’t show any interest anymore. I don’t know what’s their status or my status in their interest. The communication is really lost already,” he said. “But I understand. It gives them a chance to recruit other people. They can open themselves to other kids from Hawaii and give them a chance. That’s kind of how I see it, too. I hope they’re looking for better people.”


  1. ??? February 20, 2018 7:42 am

    No better place for Challenging your Education and Football abilities then the NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH ☘️
    You and Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa Will Dominate in the trenches🤙🏽

  2. ??? February 20, 2018 7:50 am

    I have read 6’4 305, 6’3 270, 6’2 290…
    Can someone confirm his TRUE ht/wt?
    barefoot not with cleats 😂

  3. boolakanaka February 20, 2018 9:06 am

    Sorry, no 1., but given the options, I would argue Stanford is decidedly a better academic school and for the last 10 years has actually placed more folks in the NFL….

  4. ??? February 20, 2018 9:57 am

    Stanford is ok but Notre Dame is unmatched in Tradition, education on par with Stanford, has the 2nd most wins All Time, 11 National titles, Stanford 1, 7 Heisman winners, Stanford 1, plays every home game on National TV (NBC) and all away games are also televised. Look what it did for Manti Te’o! He would NEVER have won 7 individual awards “college single season record” playing at Stanford . Just my opinion 🤙🏽

  5. Kamehameha#1 February 20, 2018 10:00 am

    I ‘ve said it before! Faatui belongs with Tua at Alabama! He needs to get as far away from Hawaii as possible. We have not had too much kids that went East and make a name for Hawaii. Go East and forget about Pac 12. I am pretty sure St. Nick will be here soon. On appropriate that you go from St. louis and be with St. Nick.

  6. uscfan February 20, 2018 1:40 pm

    fight on with usc. as you said, your family is usc!

  7. rrforlifebaby February 20, 2018 2:45 pm

    if not UH, then Notre Dame baby!!!!


  8. Boolakanaka February 20, 2018 4:22 pm

    Notre Dame is a very solid school, but it is certainly not on par with Stanford. See—

  9. kapakahi February 20, 2018 5:12 pm

    Measured in at 6-2.5, 285# back on March 12, 2017, at the Los Angeles Nike Football Regional Opening…….but has probably grown some since then……..

  10. ??? February 20, 2018 8:33 pm

    Mahalo, Kapakahi🤙🏽

  11. ??? February 20, 2018 8:35 pm

    You’re entitled to your opinion 🤙🏽

  12. amela February 20, 2018 9:06 pm

    If Tuitele was really interested UH would be on him but as you can see it’s obvious he has no interest. We had a better chance of landing Faamui and you know how that ended. Well almost got a good one and no lack of trying on the coaches part.

  13. Charles Amai February 26, 2018 2:17 pm

    Stanford,UCLA, USC, UT Austin, Notre Dame all in the TOP 20 for Law school.

    Which UG program will fast track that journey the best? Who knows!

    Awesome for Braddah…Reppin Kalaepohaku Hard.

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