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Monday, March 4, 2013
Watch List TE to take in Bama spring game

By Erik McKinney

Many high-profile recruits will say they like to do their talking on the field, rather than off it, but few carry out that practice as well as Tyler Luatua (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada). The physically-gifted 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end would seemingly rather take a blindside hit from a safety than a softball question from the media, though it has far more to do with his quiet, understated nature than any desire to keep his distance from anybody.

Tyler Luatua
Watch List TE Tyler Luatua has only two visits planned but insists he's still open to all schools.
Luatua’s exploits on the field speak loudly enough. The junior holds around 30 scholarship offers from some of the top teams in the country. Before last weekend’s NLA 7-on-7 tournament in Las Vegas, his most recent offers were from Baylor and Georgia. But on Monday, Luatua added one from Washington.

In the early going, it seems to be a recruiting race with two clear leaders, as Alabama is home to his older brother, offensive lineman Isaac Luatua, and USC is making a strong push as the hometown team.

Luatua said he will make a visit to Alabama on April 20 for the Crimson Tide spring game. It will be his first visit to the Alabama campus, and he said his brother is pretty quiet when it comes to pushing for the Tide.

“He just tells me all the coaches are good there,” Luatua said of the recruiting pitch he receives.

Aside from the trip to see the champs, Luatua said he will attend one of USC’s summer camps but has no other set plans for the spring or summer, although there could be another long-distance trip in the works.

“I’m trying to get out to see Michigan and Ohio State,” he said.

As for the Trojans and Crimson Tide standing out as his leaders, Luatua does what he can to dispel that.

“I’m still open to everyone,” he said. “I’m just trying to see which school uses their tight ends a lot, and I think there are a lot of them out there. Michigan and Florida are two others.”