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  • Ď22 CA LB Niuafe Tuihalamaka (Offer)

    ILB
    Mission Hills, CA
    Bishop Alemany High School



    Measurements
    Height: 6’2 (Reported in Jan 2021)
    Weight: 230 lbs (Reported in Jan 2021)
    40: 5.06 secs (2/10/2019 Opening Result)

    Thick build and could grow in to a defensive lineman by the time he hits a college field. Extremely physical player, natural inside ‘backer who loves to hit and plays with a nice edge to his game. An effective blitzer who can rush the passer off the edge or right up the gut. A high motor player who plays with relentless passion and is a natural leader. Needs to continue to work on his speed, change of direction and quickness but is a natural athlete and looks comfortable playing in space or dropping in coverage. Does a nice job getting off blocks and shows the ability to make plays sideline to sideline. Projects as an impact upper tier Power 5 starter and future mid-high round NFL draft pick. - Greg Biggins Scouting Report (10/19/2018)
    Rankings
    247: 93 Overall | #5 ILB - #9 CA - #78 Overall
    Rivals: 5.9 Rating | #1 ILB - #9 CA - #65 Overall
    ESPN: 85 Rating | #2 ILB - #7 CA - #76 Overall
    247 Composite: 97 Overall | #3 ILB - #8 CA - #63 Overall

    Offers
    Arizona State
    Arkansas
    Florida
    LSU
    Nebraska
    Notre Dame (1/21/2021)
    Oregon
    Oregon State
    Penn State
    Southern Cal (Committed - 2/4/2020 | Decommitted 1/23/2021)
    Stanford
    Tennessee
    Texas
    UCLA
    Vanderbilt

    Other

    Highlights

    <iframe src='//www.hudl.com/embed/video/3/11533011/5d8c5b174df5910b0895bd44' width='640' height='360' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Last Ranking/Offer Update: 1/23/2021
    Last edited by Dale; 01-24-2021, 11:23 PM.

  • #2
    Offered 2 days ago, decommitted from USC today

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    • #3
      Maybe he knows where the last Butkus winner played ball?

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      • #4
        Friends with Chance Tucker, train together. Sounds like Manti fan so I’d expect Polian here.
        Last edited by Dale; 01-23-2021, 02:28 PM.

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        • #5
          Big turn of events #FreemanEffect

          <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">1 of The favorites for the 2021 Butkus award is 6Ď2ď 235 LB Niuafe Tuihalamaka. I visited with him last year and came impressed with his quickness, strength, aggressiveness and attitude. Team leader with great focus. The Mission Hills Bishop Alemany star can do it all. <a href="https://t.co/MEEvkU8NdG">pic.twitter.com/MEEvkU8NdG</a></p>&mdash; Tom Lemming (@LemmingReport) <a href="https://twitter.com/LemmingReport/status/1352460834694455297?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

          <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="und" dir="ltr">🙏 <a href="https://t.co/MZzTnnMzJv">pic.twitter.com/MZzTnnMzJv</a></p>&mdash; Niuafe Junior Tuihalamaka (@JuniorNiuafe) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorNiuafe/status/1353052048615346176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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          • #6
            Boing
            "From Chaos comes Clarity"

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dale View Post
              Friends with Chance Tucker, train together. Sounds like Manti fan so I’d expect Polian here.
              Yea he has been quoted as growing up watching Manti and loves how ND plays everyone from the East coast, Midwest, and out West. The Polian win back in February 2009 continues to pay dividends. The entire Polynesian culture (which may land another top D player in Tafiti) in northern Indiana started then.

              <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wow! I am truly excited to say that I have received a(n) offer from <br>THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME!! ☘️<a href="https://twitter.com/BrianPolian?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BrianPolian</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/GregBiggins?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GregBiggins</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/adamgorney?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@adamgorney</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AlemanyFootball?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AlemanyFootb all</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NDFootball?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NDFootball</a> <a href="https://t.co/fZ9ZKIDERG">pic.twitter.com/fZ9ZKIDERG</a></p>&mdash; Niuafe Junior Tuihalamaka (@JuniorNiuafe) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorNiuafe/status/1352384612106833922?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 21, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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              • #8
                Yes please. I will not get my hopes up, I will not get my hopes up.

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                • #9
                  ND certainly has some momentum here. Will be interesting to see how fast this moves. I would think he needs to visit before it goes further. But who knows anymore

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                  • #10
                    I like this more if he was offered on the DL rather than LB.

                    Still, we just stole USC's fucken lunch!!!!

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                    • #11
                      He’s also long time friends with Jack Nickel.

                      <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">You know the move big dawg☘️☘️ <a href="https://t.co/qb2S29dtge">https://t.co/qb2S29dtge</a></p>&mdash; Jack Nickel (@JackNickel86) <a href="https://twitter.com/JackNickel86/status/1353053517456392193?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
                        Heís also long time friends with Jack Nickel.

                        <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">You know the move big dawg☘️☘️ <a href="https://t.co/qb2S29dtge">https://t.co/qb2S29dtge</a></p>&mdash; Jack Nickel (@JackNickel86) <a href="https://twitter.com/JackNickel86/status/1353053517456392193?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
                        What's the logistics on that?

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                        • #13
                          A couple if people have posted about him moving to DL. Do we really want a Butkus winner caliber LB to move to DL instead of staying at LB?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dad4aa View Post
                            A couple if people have posted about him moving to DL. Do we really want a Butkus winner caliber LB to move to DL instead of staying at LB?
                            If he can play on the edge and cover in space then why not?
                            "From Chaos comes Clarity"

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                            • #15
                              Jimmy Clausen's bother Casey is Bishop Alemany's coach. Doubt if he's trying to steer NT to his dumpster fire alma mater (Tennessee)

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by dad4aa View Post
                                A couple if people have posted about him moving to DL. Do we really want a Butkus winner caliber LB to move to DL instead of staying at LB?
                                There are some mobility concerns. We also have some extremely athletic LBs and should add more with Cheeks and possibly Devon Jackson. Tuihalamaka is extremely violent and has a rugby background. Already a big, well built kid. Botelho was listed as a LB prospect as well and I see them as similar prospects. Do wonder what that could mean for Tafiti if this guy hops on board. I'd take both.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by fightingirish26 View Post
                                  There are some mobility concerns. We also have some extremely athletic LBs and should add more with Cheeks and possibly Devon Jackson. Tuihalamaka is extremely violent and has a rugby background. Already a big, well built kid. Botelho was listed as a LB prospect as well and I see them as similar prospects. Do wonder what that could mean for Tafiti if this guy hops on board. I'd take both.
                                  And this is where I think rankings and ratings get people a little overzealous about certain guys. In today’s football, I’d have guys like Cheeks and Jackson rated ahead of him because of those mobility concerns. However, I also don’t see anything on tape that remotely resembles Botelho’s ability to rush the passer off an edge. So, I think what you have here is a low to mid 4 star Mike LB that will probably be more in the mold of Tevon Coney versus Drue Tranquill.

                                  Coney was an uber productive, collegiate, Mike LB.
                                  Last edited by Luckylucci; 01-23-2021, 03:23 PM.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
                                    And this is where I think rankings and ratings get people a little overzealous about certain guys. In todayís football, Iíd have guys like Cheeks and Jackson rated ahead of him because of those mobility concerns. However, I also donít see anything on tape that remotely resembles Botelhoís ability to rush the passer off an edge. So, I think what you have here is a low to mix 4 star Mike LB that will probably be more in the mold of Tevon Coney versus Drue Tranquill.

                                    Coney was an uber productive, collegiate, Mike LB.
                                    was thinking the exact same thing
                                    The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
                                    Of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by fightingirish26 View Post
                                      I like this more if he was offered on the DL rather than LB
                                      Idk. Freeman seems to have injected life into the front 7 recruiting where the options now at DT, SDE, WDE, and OLB, are so good that Tuihalamaka at ILB makes the most sense.

                                      First, current depth at ILB position.
                                      In 2022 - Bauer 5th, Bertrand and Ekwonu Sr, Kia Soph.

                                      Second, options at other positions
                                      DT - Curry, Lucas, Artis + Hinish (unsure if they totally dropped Miles yet)
                                      SDE - Ford + maybe Hamm, Bauman
                                      WDE - Moss, Tafiti, Wesolak
                                      OLB - Ziegler + Jackson, Cheeks, and new offers Perkins, Sneed, Barton and Freemanís hometown kid Hicks

                                      Patterson was a nice player, Iíll be cheering Lea on here to keep him in Nashville, but Niuafe is a much bigger fish.

                                      Now if Freeman and Mickens can parlay this momentum to turn around the secondary roster weakness and current recruiting underdog status for 2 of Johnson, Everette, Nelson, Little, Gould, Martinez, Taylor, Pride. I like Barkate or Pope at safety as 2nd fiddle to Nwankpa - who might be the biggest ďmust getĒ of the secondary considering replacement recruits.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
                                        And this is where I think rankings and ratings get people a little overzealous about certain guys. In todayís football, Iíd have guys like Cheeks and Jackson rated ahead of him because of those mobility concerns. However, I also donít see anything on tape that remotely resembles Botelhoís ability to rush the passer off an edge. So, I think what you have here is a low to mid 4 star Mike LB that will probably be more in the mold of Tevon Coney versus Drue Tranquill.

                                        Coney was an uber productive, collegiate, Mike LB.
                                        Coney comp isn't bad and who wouldn't like another TC. I just like the idea of guys like Kiser and Cheeks being the future at Mike. Why not get as much speed on the field as possible?

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                                        • #21
                                          Originally posted by fightingirish26 View Post
                                          Coney comp isn't bad and who wouldn't like another TC. I just like the idea of guys like Kiser and Cheeks being the future at Mike. Why not get as much speed on the field as possible?
                                          Understood and I agree to a certain point. But, taking him at LB doesnít stop either of those guys from playing Mike should they be better fits there in Freemanís scheme. We didnít take any LBís in 20í and only 2 in 21í but itís really just 1 as Kia will be leaving when these guys show up. 3-4 LBís in this class should be expected. Cheeks will have a spot and I would think even Jackson does as well.

                                          Here is how I look at this. Itís a high floor type of player due to him already being so physically developed and it will provide insane recruiting buzz should it happen. Seems like a no brainer risk/reward. And, it shouldnít limit us from taking the other guys we want.

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                                          • #22
                                            Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
                                            Understood and I agree to a certain point. But, taking him at LB doesnít stop either of those guys from playing Mike should they be better fits there in Freemanís scheme. We didnít take any LBís in 20í and only 2 in 21í but itís really just 1 as Kia will be leaving when these guys show up. 3-4 LBís in this class should be expected. Cheeks will have a spot and I would think even Jackson does as well.

                                            Here is how I look at this. Itís a high floor type of player due to him already being so physically developed and it will provide insane recruiting buzz should it happen. Seems like a no brainer risk/reward. And, it shouldnít limit us from taking the other guys we want.
                                            That's fair. I still personally think he's an intriguing option at DL due to his violent nature but why not let him prove he's got the instincts to be too good to keep off the field at Mike.

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                                            • #23
                                              Originally posted by fightingirish26 View Post
                                              That's fair. I still personally think he's an intriguing option at DL due to his violent nature but why not let him prove he's got the instincts to be too good to keep off the field at Mike.
                                              and that 5.03 forty won't cut it at LB. I'm sure its improved but by how much? If he's a 4.8 the DL is probably where he ends up.

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                                              • #24
                                                Originally posted by stpeteirish View Post
                                                and that 5.03 forty won't cut it at LB. I'm sure its improved but by how much? If he's a 4.8 the DL is probably where he ends up.
                                                I think he ran that a year ago, and was 10lbs heavier.

                                                I also recall some write ups (there's one in this thread) talking about his quickness from Lemming.

                                                In short, at 6-3 and 230ish, and looking nasty, I think you just take him, and figure it out later when he gets to school in 2022. If he leans up more and gains speed, keep him at LB. If he widens/thickens, move him to DL. His legs and arms look think, but chest isn't real big. I'm guessing he might have had some bad weight early HS, and is trying to move things around. He could easily stack 15-20lbs on just in chest and back.
                                                The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
                                                Of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee

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                                                • #25
                                                  Fun news to chat about on a weekend... Gotta like the fact he decommitted so quick
                                                  Love You JB 64.....RIP.....AI720....4EVER

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                                                  • #26
                                                    Originally posted by fightingirish26 View Post
                                                    That's fair. I still personally think he's an intriguing option at DL due to his violent nature but why not let him prove he's got the instincts to be too good to keep off the field at Mike.
                                                    Itís all about projection so itíll be interesting to follow. But, just off his Sophomore film I just donít see anything that translates to a ROLB. Heís not an overly long or twitchy guy. And, he has virtually no film of him playing the position. There is so much more projection needed to expect him to play there than being a solid, if unspectacular, Mike LB.

                                                    In Botelhoís case he actually played a significant amount of his HS career as a ROLB. So, you could see how his game, even with the lack of ideal length, could translate to that Vyper position. I also think you could see some of that twitchiness.

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                                                    • #27
                                                      While I agree that college football offenses are requiring linebackers to be able to cover and play in space, there are still offenses on Notre Dame's schedule that would make it nice to have an old school linebacker like this guy.

                                                      For example, I'd feel much more comfortable with this guy playing against Stanford than someone like Cheeks.

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                                                      • #28
                                                        Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
                                                        Itís all about projection so itíll be interesting to follow. But, just off his Sophomore film I just donít see anything that translates to a ROLB. Heís not an overly long or twitchy guy. And, he has virtually no film of him playing the position. There is so much more projection needed to expect him to play there than being a solid, if unspectacular, Mike LB.

                                                        In Botelhoís case he actually played a significant amount of his HS career as a ROLB. So, you could see how his game, even with the lack of ideal length, could translate to that Vyper position. I also think you could see some of that twitchiness.
                                                        LL - in general, doesn't Freeman play a mix-ish of 4-3 and 3-4?.

                                                        If so, I can easily see him playing early down Mike in a 4-3, and even more ILB in a 3-4.
                                                        The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
                                                        Of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee

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                                                        • #29
                                                          Reminder that’s a Sophomore film we’re watching. No Junior film to show development yet

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                                                          • #30
                                                            Originally posted by Irish YJ View Post
                                                            LL - in general, doesn't Freeman play a mix-ish of 4-3 and 3-4?.

                                                            If so, I can easily see him playing early down Mike in a 4-3, and even more ILB in a 3-4.
                                                            At Cincy he was certainly multiple with his fronts including LB’s. That 18stripes article did a good job of explaining that his ‘heavy’ package with a 4 man front often includes 3 traditional LB’s. So, a SAM LB instead of a Sniper or S. However, that wasn’t used all that often. Could that change as he may face more power oriented teams at ND? Sure. Do I think it would become a base? Probably not.
                                                            Last edited by Luckylucci; 01-23-2021, 07:27 PM.

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                                                            • #31
                                                              Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
                                                              At Cincy he was certainly multiple with his fronts including LBís. That OFD article did a good job of explaining that his Ďheavyí package with a 4 man front often includes 3 traditional LBís. So, a SAM LB instead of a Sniper or S. However, that wasnít used all that often. Could that change as he may face more power oriented teams at ND? Sure. Do I think it would become a base? Probably not.
                                                              Thanks LL. Which article (gotta link?).
                                                              The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
                                                              Of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee

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                                                              • #32
                                                                Stealing a LB out of the hands of USC? You just hate to see it.

                                                                Early candidate for Koon&rsquo;s Bod Squad &lsquo;22

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                                                                • #33
                                                                  Originally posted by arndtjc View Post
                                                                  Stealing a LB out of the hands of USC? You just hate to see it.

                                                                  Early candidate for Koon&rsquo;s Bod Squad &lsquo;22
                                                                  Can we steal a DB?
                                                                  The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
                                                                  Of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee

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                                                                  • #34
                                                                    Originally posted by Irish YJ View Post
                                                                    Thanks LL. Which article (gotta link?).
                                                                    Here it is and it was from 18stripes.

                                                                    https://www.18stripes.com/find-the-s...man-defensive/

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                                                                    • #35
                                                                      Lots of pro ND likes the past few days on his twitter

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                                                                      • #36
                                                                        Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
                                                                        And this is where I think rankings and ratings get people a little overzealous about certain guys. In todayís football, Iíd have guys like Cheeks and Jackson rated ahead of him because of those mobility concerns. However, I also donít see anything on tape that remotely resembles Botelhoís ability to rush the passer off an edge. So, I think what you have here is a low to mid 4 star Mike LB that will probably be more in the mold of Tevon Coney versus Drue Tranquill.

                                                                        Coney was an uber productive, collegiate, Mike LB.
                                                                        Agreed

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                                                                        • #37
                                                                          This kid is an ox!

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                                                                          • #38
                                                                            Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
                                                                            Here it is and it was from 18stripes.

                                                                            https://www.18stripes.com/find-the-s...man-defensive/
                                                                            thanks LL. you da man.
                                                                            The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
                                                                            Of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee

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                                                                            • #39
                                                                              Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
                                                                              And this is where I think rankings and ratings get people a little overzealous about certain guys. In todayís football, Iíd have guys like Cheeks and Jackson rated ahead of him because of those mobility concerns. However, I also donít see anything on tape that remotely resembles Botelhoís ability to rush the passer off an edge. So, I think what you have here is a low to mid 4 star Mike LB that will probably be more in the mold of Tevon Coney versus Drue Tranquill.

                                                                              Coney was an uber productive, collegiate, Mike LB.

                                                                              Nice to come into a thread and not have to say much. Nice job her Lucky.


                                                                              If the staff thinks he can do it, I'm all for a move to DL. His tape does not strike me as awesome. Reminds me of Nyles Morgan.
                                                                              "Hey, I'll tell you what. You can get a good look at a butcher's *** by sticking your head up there. But, wouldn't you rather take his word for it?"

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                                                                              • #40
                                                                                After reading that article it seems a Coney or Morgan type LB is what is preferred for Freemanís system. One that can play down hill and attack the C gap. Iím not an x and o guy at all and I donít claim to know much about game planning but I love a bad ass MLB
                                                                                "From Chaos comes Clarity"

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                                                                                • #41
                                                                                  Originally posted by Cackalacky2.0 View Post
                                                                                  After reading that article it seems a Coney or Morgan type LB is what is preferred for Freemanís system. One that can play down hill and attack the C gap. Iím not an x and o guy at all and I donít claim to know much about game planning but I love a bad ass MLB
                                                                                  And why I think Bo could thrive

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                                                                                  • #42
                                                                                    Originally posted by BeauBenken View Post
                                                                                    Nice to come into a thread and not have to say much. Nice job her Lucky.


                                                                                    If the staff thinks he can do it, I'm all for a move to DL. His tape does not strike me as awesome. Reminds me of Nyles Morgan.
                                                                                    Imagine Morgan with the right coach now...

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                                                                                    • #43
                                                                                      Originally posted by ThePiombino View Post
                                                                                      Imagine Morgan with the right coach now...

                                                                                      Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
                                                                                      "From Chaos comes Clarity"

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                                                                                      • #44
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                                                                                        • #45
                                                                                          Originally posted by Cackalacky2.0 View Post
                                                                                          After reading that article it seems a Coney or Morgan type LB is what is preferred for Freemanís system. One that can play down hill and attack the C gap. Iím not an x and o guy at all and I donít claim to know much about game planning but I love a bad ass MLB
                                                                                          Would Bauer fit the bill?

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                                                                                          • #46
                                                                                            Originally posted by SeekNDestroy View Post
                                                                                            Would Bauer fit the bill?
                                                                                            Same question, but for Drew White.

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                                                                                            • #47
                                                                                              USC decommit Vontaze Burfict without all the other stuff.

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                                                                                              • #48
                                                                                                Singer futurecast to ND

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                                                                                                • #49
                                                                                                  Been trending ND for awhile no?
                                                                                                  Love You JB 64.....RIP.....AI720....4EVER

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                                                                                                  • #50
                                                                                                    Originally posted by rtrn2glory View Post
                                                                                                    Been trending ND for awhile no?
                                                                                                    ND seems to have the momentum.

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