- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
It was a busy month of November for junior college defensive end Lyndon Tulimasealii (Palm Desert, Calif./College of the Desert) and things aren't about to slow down as the calendar flips to December.
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound end took official visits to Utah (Nov. 16) and Oregon State (Nov. 23) this past month, and will travel to Kansas (Dec. 7) and Washington State (Dec. 14) in the coming weeks. And while he also has an official visit scheduled to Pittsburgh on Jan. 18, Tulimasealii said things could be wrapped up with his recruitment in time for the early junior college signing day, Dec. 19, depending on how the next few weeks play out.
Born in American Samoa, Tulimasealii moved to Alaska in first grade and made his way down to College of the Desert after high school to play junior college football. He said adjusting to the weather was the first thing he was forced to deal with. After that, it was the attention from college coaches this past spring that took Tulimasealii by surprise. Though his ultimate destination will come from the group of five official visits, Tulimasealii said programs such as Iowa State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M extended offers before communication faded away.
He's certainly happy with the schools still in the mix, and the official visits he's taken have been eye-opening.
"In Alaska, we're lucky to get 100 people out to a game," he said. "The next level is crazy. Just the amount of fans that show up to a game -- the atmosphere, the pregame, the tailgating. It's a great thought that I'm going to be able to experience that."
Tulimasealii will go into his next visits visits with an open mind, but it could be tough to top the trip to Oregon State.
"I want to find a place that makes me feel at home and at ease," he said. "Oregon State was really good. The coaching staff was really nice. I thought their defensive linemen were hard-working guys. They were probably the smallest defensive line I've seen, but they really get after the ball and that's a really good thing. They all have great motors. They're not as big, but they're all really fast. They're monsters."