The nation’s top tight end Tyler Luatua (La Mirada, Calif. La Mirada) has kept his recruitment close to the vest, but we have some clarity into where he may play in college as he has set up three official visits.
Luatua will take his first official visit to Ohio State for their Sep. 28 contest vs. Wisconsin. The Buckeyes offered the 6-4, 240-pounder last May and this will be his first visit to Columbus. Ohio State tight ends coach Tim Hinton did however pay him a visit on May 13.
His second official visit will be to Notre Dame when the Fighting Irish welcome rival USC to Notre Dame Stadium Oct. 19. Notre Dame is perceived to be one of the top contenders for Luatua who had 43 receptions for 594 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior.
Luatua’s third confirmed official visit is to Alabama on Nov. 9 when the two-time defending champs welcome LSU to Bryant Denny Stadium in what promises to be one of the best games of the season and a wild environment for a recruit to witness.
La Mirada head coach Mike Moschetti said, “Tyler’s a kid that could call me tomorrow and tell me he’s ready to commit.” He isn’t going to be a kid that draws attention to him with a press conference and five hats on a table with TV camera’s everywhere filming his decision.
However, I would be surprised if he did make a decision until after he visits Alabama, where he his older brother Isaac Luatua is a redshirt sophomore offensive lineman. For this reason and because he took an unofficial visit in April many, are predicting Alabama to be his leader.
Moschetti mentioned Texas as a possible team that could receive an official visit from Luatua after the Longhorns offered him in early June. Also I would think USC makes a push for him this fall, but that would purely be my speculation.
Prior to taking his visits it looks like a three-team race for Luatua with Alabama and Notre Dame perhaps jockeying for the top spot, but that is all subject to change once he takes his visits.
Although it may be difficult to predict exactly where he winds up today I have no problem predicting that wherever he chooses to play will be getting the best tight end recruit in the country.