J.T. Tuimoloau cancels Alabama official visit, focusing on four schools


J.T. Tuimoloau’s June official visit schedule is over a touch before originally expected.

Tuimoloau was scheduled to require his highly-anticipated and final official visit of the month to Alabama this weekend. That trip has been canceled, though, and therefore the Crimson Tide is not any longer in contention for the No. 1 recruit within the class of 2021.

“It’s just a feeling I’ve had for a while now and after getting back from my official visit to Oregon, we decided not to take the trip to Alabama,” Tuimoloau said, per 247Sports’ Brandon Huffman.

Tuimoloau is now that specializes in four schools: Ohio State, Oregon, USC, and Washington. Each of these four schools has received a politician visit from the 6-foot-5, 277-pound defensive lineman this summer. Washington received Tuimoloau’s first official visit on June 4 before he shut things down every week due to his high school graduation. Tuimoloau has been busy over the last 10 days, visiting USC from June 14-16, Ohio State from June 17-20, and Oregon last weekend.

Ohio State was the lone school Tuimoloau had yet to go to before his official.

A decision date has yet to be set, but Tuimoloau and his family will now begin the method of narrowing things down before concluding which school is that the best fit for him.

“I think I even have a reasonably good idea of what each of the four schools I’ve visited offer and now I’m getting to discuss things as a family and are available to a choice,” Tuimoloau said.

Official visits were a detail for Tuimoloau throughout his recruitment. The Washington native wasn’t prepared to supply a commitment to any institution until he had the prospect to officially visit their campus, which finally came this month after the NCAA recruiting dead period ended after nearly 15 months.

With Alabama officially out of the image, Ohio State profiles because the favorite to land Tuimoloau. His 247Sports ball has read in favor of the Buckeyes for months now and his relationship with the coaching staff in Columbus may be a solid one.

“Coach Larry Johnson and the history he has had with putting defensive lineman in the league really sticks out to me and I have always had a close relationship with Gee Scott,” Tuiomoloau said of Ohio State, per Huffman.

Wherever he finishes up, Tuiomoloau will ascend to the school ranks with the prospect to form a moment’s impact.

Tuiomoloau is polished as a pass rusher and run stopper. He also possesses a high football I.Q, plays with an endless motor, and maybe a freak athlete, making him an opportunity any coaching staff around the country would like to get their hands on.

“Powerful, athletic and nimble, with room to still add significant weight at the next level,” Huffman said in his scouting report of Tuiomoloau. “Has lined up on the edge, mixing with hand down while also standing up. Elite pass rusher, who can mix a variety of moves with pure strength to shed his blockers. Can drop into coverage against running backs, receivers, and tight ends and has the athleticism and ball skills to be a force in coverage. Has even played safety.

“Could be a top-end prospect if he focused on offense, with natural pass-catching skills, ability to trace the ball and part it and run after the catch. Also, a high-major basketeer, averaging nearly a double-double in her prep career. As he continues to feature weight and strength, figures to be among the elite pass-rushers at the subsequent level. Projects as a moment impact Power 5-starter and a Top Ten overall draft pick.”