Things could be coming to a close for three-star defensive end/tight end Toa Tuitea (6-3.5, 250, 4.9) from Westminster, Calif., along the recruiting front as he just arrived home from a visit to Vanderbilt and the Commodores are in a battle for his services with Arizona State.
"Toa just returned home from Vandy," Calvin Tuitea, Toa's brother said. "It went very well"
"Coach Bobby Johnson and his wife were great hosts," Calvin Tuitea said. "Coach Rick Logo, the coach recruiting Toa was a great host as well.
"Vandy has a great family atmosphere," Calvin Tuitea said."The coaches include their wife's and children so Vandy really is family oriented.
"Vanderbilt also has excellent academics and their program is improving," Calvin Tuitea said. "Coach Johnson showed us Vandy's future plans they have their facilities.
"It's going to be a hard choice between Arizona State and Vanderbilt, Calvin Tuitea said. "They both play in tough football conferences and they both have excellent coaches and excellent environments.
"Toa took his official visit to ASU in December and that trip was also good," Calvin Tuitea said. "Coach Dennis Erickson is a great guy and could tell how much his players love him.
Whoever lands Tuitea will be getting an outstanding football player. For the second season in a row he was selected his league's Defensive Player of the Year. He is also was an all-CIF for both his junior and senior seasons.
Tuitea broke the school record for tackles for loss in a season with 27. He also accounted for 14 sacks.
In an earlier interview with Westminster Coach Ted McMillen and he had the following to say about his star player.
"Toa gets off the ball really well," McMillen said. "He's extremely explosive. That's the thing recruiters always comment on is his explosiveness.
"Toa has natural strength and he has weight room strength, too," McMillen said. "He's a hard worker, good practice player and a team player. He does everything the coaches ask of him.
"Toa is very humble," McMillen said. "He's just a really good kid. He wants to play at a school that is a good fit for him academically.