Three-star offensive lineman Richard Tuitu’u (6-5, 315, 5.35) from Gilbert (Ariz.) Highland is enjoying an outstanding senior season. The surprising Highland is currently 8-3 after winning their first playoff game since 1997 and a much higher ranked Mesa (Ariz.) Westwood in a squeaker 17-14.
Tuitu’u is an outstanding athlete for a young man his size. Besides being an outstanding offensive lineman, Tuitu’u also has played some defense this season racking 25 tackles, 19 of them are solo.
Tuitu’u has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Washington, Missouri, BYU, San Diego State and Utah.
“I won’t be setting any trips until after my season is over,” Tuitu’u said. “I consider all the schools recruiting me on equal footing.”
However ASU, Cal and Utah are doing most of the calling since the beginning of September and are recruiting Tuitu’u the hardest.
Tuitu’u has outstanding strength with his 395 pound bench and his 485 pound squat.
“Richard is a great kid and a hard worker,” Highland coach Preston Jones said in an earlier interview with Rivals.com. “He’s also turning into a great leader.”
“You can’t coach Richard’s size and quickness,” Jones said. “He has unlimited potential.”
Tuitu’u was selected to the Rivals.com preseason Arizona Top 15 team and is considered as the number three prospect at any position from the Grand Canyon State for the class of 2005.
Rivals.com ranks Tuitu’u as the nation’s No. 12 Offensive guard prospect but he has the versatility to play all three offensive line spots.