June 10, 2013

Luatua would like to set up an official visit

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CHICAGO - The Buckeyes looked to California in the class of 2013 at tight end for Marcus Baugh and could be looking out that way again with class of 2014 tight end Tyler Luatua out of La Mirada (Calif.). The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder is ranked as the No. 3 tight end in the nation by Rivals.com and holds more than 30 offers and counting.

Luatua made the long trek from the greater Los Angeles area to the Windy City of Chicago this past weekend for the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge and competed against the top players in the classes of 2014 and 2015 at Soldier Field. Luatua was used to going up against top talent in high school but this weekend took things to a new level with talent up-and-down the roster.

"It was especially good going against all the guys from the East, I had heard they were all good and now I know they are good," Luatua said. "(It's great) going against tough competition."

The 4-star player admitted that it was an exciting weekend and he had a chance to make friends with a lot of players that he up until now, had only had a chance to talk to on social media.

For a player with 30-plus offers the recruiting process does not seem to be weighing too heavily on Luatua and he is in no rush to make any decisions at this moment.

"Things are going well and I am trying to take things slow," Luatua said. "I am taking time to really get to know the coaches."

The Buckeyes got on board some time ago with an offer and despite being two-thirds of the way across the country, Ohio State is a school that Luatua is extremely interested in along with Texas, Alabama and Notre Dame to name just a few schools that are showing the most love.

"I know they (Ohio State) are a great program and have great coaching," Luatua said. "I have been talking with Tim Hinton, I love that guy."

Could an official visit be in the works for Ohio State? Only the Fighting Irish have one set with Luatua at this point.

"I am going to try and set up one with them." Luatua said about Ohio State.

Luatua still would like to learn more about Ohio State but has spent a lot of time learning about two things in regards to the Buckeyes.

"The academics and playing time are both important to me," Luatua said. "(The coaches) tell me that they see me doing well at tight end. Coach Hinton also talks to me about the school and the academics."

And for any player who plays tight end, the fact that Meyer coached NFL Star Aaron Hernandez doesn't hurt either when a player has aspirations of playing beyond Saturdays.

"Yeah, I would love to be like him," Luatua said with a big smile.


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