As has already been stated numerous times, the strength of the recent SoCal NIKE Camp was clearly the offensive line. Following the event, most of the attention was centered around Tyron Smith and Matt Kalil and deservedly so. Both players had great camps and are elite national recruits. Saying that, Corona (Calif.) OL Max Tuioti-Mariner hung right with both of them and showed he should get some national love as well.
We've written about Tuioti-Mariner for over a year now and every time we see him, he impresses us a little more. The SoCal NIKE Camp was no exception as he took his game to another level and looks like a top 100 player nationally in our eyes.
Tuioti-Mariner measured in at an even 6-4, 300 pounds and is built like a mack truck. He plays in a run dominated offense, which usually means trouble at a camp like this where the one on one pass rushing drills play such a huge role.
The talented guard prospect didn't miss a beat and was dominant to the point where one of the lead OL coaches felt Tuioti-Mariner should have shared Co-MVP honors with Smith.
"He has one of the best punches I've ever seen," NIKE OL coach Erik Kaloyanides said. He really impressed me and I liked him as much as Smith. He has a great body, good feet and I like his work ethic as well."
Tuioti-Mariner set the tone in the one on ones right away taking the first rep of the day and completely dismantling the opposing lineman. It was probably the most impressive rep of anyone during the drill as he basically palmed the defensive lineman's face and threw him to the ground like Shaq dunking a basketball.
That's one of the main thing we really like about the lineman- no one plays nastier or with more aggression the Tuioti-Mariner. He actually reminds us of former USC OL Fred Matua only two inches taller and about 20 pounds heavier at the same stage.
On the recruiting front, Tuioti-Mariner now has offers from Ole Miss, BYU, Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado, Hawaii and Arizona.
"I really don't have a favorite but if I had to list five right now, they would be Cal, Washington, BYU, USC and Hawaii," Tuioti-Mariner said. "I'm going to take my trips before making a decision though, I'm not in any hurry."
Tuioti-Mariner is LDS but said he's not sure if/when he would do his Mormon mission. The lineman has an older brother Clarence who plays for Hawaii and added that was a big reason for his high interest in the Warriors.