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Golden Bear Preview: Nunie Tuitele
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Cal Football is going to be stacked at the outside linebacker and defensive end positions for the next several years. Adding to that depth is Nunie Tuitele, an outside linebacker who wreaks havoc all over the field.
The Bio and Measurables:
6 ft 4 inches
Regis Jesuit HS (Aurora, CO)
3 Star Composite recruit across all sites
3 Sport High School Athlete (basketball/track&field)
2x First Team all South League (2020/2021), compiled 15 sacks over his four years
What does Cal get in Tuitele?
Good lord how Nunie Tuitele wasn’t more highly rated I’ll never know. Tuitele’s first step off the snap is utterly ridiculous. In the best way possible, he throws himself anywhere and everywhere all over the field, covering sideline to sideline with maximum effort. The great thing about all this is that he possess the speed to make it from a sideline to tackle a wide receiver screen. He has the ability to swat offensive linemen’s hands away while seeing red on the way to the quarterback while maintaining the edge at the point of attack. The play that impressed me the most was here at the :12 second mark , where he fakes a stunt blitz and utterly leaves the left tackle in the dust enroute to a sack. Think of the defensive end version of prime Evan Weaver, with the speed and first step of someone like Bradlee Anae. He’s just so impressive and once he puts on further weight and develops those pass rush moves, he might just end up being the defensive lineman version of Evan Weaver. You want someone who simply doesn’t quit? This is your guy. Do you value someone who gives effort 100% of the time in the pursuit of excellence? This is your guy.
What can Tuitele improve on?
There isn’t a whole lot to critique for Tuitele to be honest, other than enhanced creativity. What I mean by that is simply being more willing to develop pass rush moves. And to be quite frank that isn’t even a damning criticism by any stretch of the imagination, as that is what a ton of players need to develop as they transition from the High School level to the D1-JUCO levels. His run support is also an unknown quantity, but with that level of a motor you know the effort will be there, then it becomes a battle of execution at that point. There’s no reason why Tuitele can’t earn some special teams snaps with the way he carries himself and I for one am looking forward to seeing him in action.
Best of luck to Nunie as he starts his Cal career!