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Derek Tuimauga (Scout.com)
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Posted Jun 18, 2007
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director TheInsiders.com and SuperPrep.com


Derek Tuimauga, ranked No. 38 in the West by Scout.com, currently has offers from Utah and Stanford. He had an offer from Oregon, but the Ducks had to pull it after a junior walk-on earned a scholarship. "They say they still really like me a lot and are still recruiting me," Tuimauga said. "I felt good about the coaches there and just felt comfortable around everybody..."

Derek Tuimauga, the 6-foot-4, 320-pound four-star offensive lineman from Bingham High School in South Jordan (Utah), will be attending the Utah camp on June 18. Then he heads to Washington on June 30 and he's already attended the California camp on June 9.

"The Cal camp was a great experience," Tuimauga said. "I had fun there. I like their coaches because they are really cool and very player-oriented. They are easy to work with and they said they really like me, but that they want to see how I look during my senior season before they offer."

Tuimauga, ranked No. 38 in the West by Scout.com, currently has offers from Utah and Stanford. He had an offer from Oregon, but the Ducks had to pull it after a junior walk-on earned a scholarship. "They say they still really like me a lot and are still recruiting me," Tuimauga said. "I felt good about the coaches there and just felt comfortable around everybody."

Another school that he says seems to like him a lot is Washington. "They are really interested and have been contacting me a lot," Tuimauga said. "Hopefully if I do well at the camp and impress them enough they'll offer. The coaches there are great and I really like the environment a lot. It's a beautiful campus and the facilities are amazing. They also have a great business school and that's what I want to major in. Their business school is only second to Stanford."

He says the Cardinal has already offered him. "Coach Jim Harbaugh will turn it around," he said. "All the players have taken to him really quickly and they all really like him. I think he'll turn them into a powerhouse. It's just a great atmosphere there and they are working hard to turn it around and be a top team."

Tuimauga reports a 3.5 core GPA and scored a 22 on the ACT, which he plans to retake in the fall. "I've heard that I'd have to get a 24 to qualify for Stanford, so I'll definitely retake it. The coaches haven't really talked with me about the academics though, so we'll see what they say."

Tuimauga's first scholarship offer came from the local favorite, Utah. Tuimauga says the Utes are only about 20 minutes from his house. "I'm the number one recruit on their board," he said. "They've been after me the longest and the hardest and it would be a lot of fun to stay close to home and play for all my friends and family. They are definitely my top choice."

The Utes lead solidly over Stanford, Washington, Oregon and California. "If I feel like it's right, I'll commit before the season," he admitted. "But if not, I'll put it on the back burner. I don't want any distractions during my senior season."



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