When we last spoke with Corona (Calif.) coach John Brandom about his standout offensive lineman Max Tuioti-Mariner, he mentioned the guard had just injured his MCL and would be out the rest of the summer. Unfortunately, things were worse than originally thought.
Tuioti-Mariner, 6-4, 300 pounds is a top 100 player nationally and easily among the most talented guard prospects we've seen. He's big, physical and plays with a mean streak that is second to none.
The lineman suffered a fluke injury on the first day of spring practice and it was originally diagnosed as a bruised MCL. The injury proved to be a lot more serious.
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"It ended up being an ACL injury on top of the MCL and he's going to miss his entire senior season," Brandom said. "The surgery is going to be this week or next and the goal is for Max to be back in time for the ESPN All-American game.
"It's so disappointing because Max had worked so hard and was playing at such a high level. He was going to have a huge senior season for sure but the good thing is not one single college has backed off of him.
"Everyone knows his situation but they all still want him and we're still going to be setting up official visits for him soon here. The seven schools he liked are still right there- Cal, USC, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado.
"All but USC have offered but they're still very high on Max and have said they're still evaluating him. It's too bad he couldn't make their camps because I think they would have offered if he attended but he likes all the schools and is looking forward to getting out there and checking them out."