There could be as many as 10 high Div I quarterbacks in California next year but none will have a stronger arm than Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's Willie Tuitama. Tuitama, 6-2, 200 pounds has an absolute cannon and should put up huge numbers as a senior after splitting time his junior season.
We saw Tuitama a year ago at both the NorCal Nike Camp and the EA SPORTS Elite 11 QB workout in Las Vegas. At the workout in Vegas, Tuitama's arm strength was so impressive, he had some of the seniors signal callers including Nate Longshore (Cal) and David Wolke (Notre Dame) patting him on the back at the end of the day commenting on how they wish they had his arm.
As a junior, Tuitama had to split time with a senior but still completed 64-92 passes for 1,034 yards and four touchdowns. He should double those numbers this season and we definitely feel the signal caller is talented enough to play just about anywhere on the West Coast.
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"I'm hearing from the the entire Pac 10 plus Notre Dame," Tuitama said. "Cal is my top school followed by UCLA, Arizona State, USC and Oregon. I'm looking for a school that is strong academically and athletically and a place where I'll be able to play early."
Tuitama is also a talented baseball player and hit .515 as a power hitting third baseman a year ago. We know for a fact that his current teammate and future Cal Bear John Gibson is already recruiting Tuitama pretty hard and it will be interesting to see how things shake out over the next few months.