Time to continue our look at some of the members of UW’s Class of 2011 — players expected to sign with Washington on Wednesday — with one of the lesser-known members of the group, lineman Siosifa Tufunga of Jordan High in Long Beach, Calif.
Tufunga, who commited in August, has a three-star rating by Scout.com, which lists him as the No. 83 guard in the country, and also has a three-star rating by Rivals.com. After committing early, he didn’t take trips anywhere else.
His coach at Jordan, Thomas Barnes, said Oregon was among the first schools to look at Tufunga last spring but hadn’t made an official offer when Tufunga accepted UW’s scholarship.
UW recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Johnny Nansen is a Jordan grad, and Barnes said he jumped on offering Tufunga last spring — UW also signed John Timu out of the same school last year, which also helped build the relationship with Tufunga. “By the time a lot of other schools came around he had already committed to UW,” Barnes said. “That was where he wanted to go. That was his first choice.”
Barnes said Tufunga was named the lineman of the year in the Moore League this year, playing mostly at left tackle (common for high school teams to use their best guy at that spot even if he projects somewhere else in college). That’s the same league in which UW commit Kameron Jackson was the defensive player of the year.
Barnes said he thinks Tufunga will get looks at guard and center for the Huskies
“He’s about 6-2, 6-3, weighs about 302 pounds right now,” Barnes said. “He’s been doing a lot of footwork and conditioning right now, we’re trying to get him running a little bit.”
Tufunga also played some defensive tackle at Jordan but Barnes said the plan is to use him on offense at UW.
Here’s a conditioning video of Tufunga from before the season:
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