Uncommitted four-star 2018 LB Solomon Tuliapupu has five programs he hopes to visit before the start of his senior season at Mater Dei (California).
While Tuliapupu hails from Santa Ana, California, the five visits he ticked off at the Adidas West Coast Invitational on Saturday were not in-state programs. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder is hoping to turn in trips to Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama and Georgia this offseason. A fearsome presence on the field, Rivals sees Tuliapupu home on their 2018 master list at No. 43 overall.
Florida State received a verbal commitment from 2018 DE Stacy Kirby.
While Rivals does not assign Kirby a star-rating at this juncture, Scout.com views him as a three-star prospect. Over at the latter outlet, analyst Corey Bender writes that the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is "a headache to contain during one-on-one situations." Florida State now houses eight pledges for the 2018 cycle.
Florida State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 DE Kayode Oladele.
A pair of 2018 defensive ends committed to Florida State following their junior day on Saturday. In addition to Oladele, they also picked up a pledge from Stacy Kirby. For his part, the 6-foot-5, 236-pound Oladele ranks as Rivals' No. 25 strongside defensive end prospect for the 2018 cycle. Scout.com's Corey Bender sees him being in for a bit of a developmental curve. "The 'Noles will have to be patient with him, but this is a coachable kid that's equipped with athleticism and an intriguing build," writes the analyst. "At times he flashes that pop at the point of attack, but learning how to distribute his strength and playing with better technique will help take his craft to the next level."
ESPN's Gerry Hamilton writes that "[v]ersatility is the name of the game for [Notre Dame four-star 2018 verbal S commit Derrik] Allen."
"At corner, Allen flashes the ability to quickly read routes, explosive movement in transition and the burst to close and separate receivers from the ball," Hamilton explains. Should HC Brian Kelly utilize him as a safety, the analyst notes that "add[ing] strength and becoming a striker in the run game are areas to make gains." Hamilton believes that Notre Dame has a 95% chance of hanging onto Allen's pledge. He views Clemson as a (very) dark horse, here.
Arkansas freshman QB Daulton Hyatt enrolled early in part because he wanted to add weight.
Hyatt is listed at a relatively modest 6-foot-4, 178 pounds. Already on campus and working in the strength and conditioning program, he should be able to add a bit of comfortable playing weight over the coming months. In December, he told SEC Country's Trent Shadid that "[the coaches] wanted me to make my own decision [on enrolling], but they did think that it would help me a lot and that it would be important for me to do." Hyatt ranks as ESPN 300's No. 148 overall prospect in the 2017 class.
ESPN's Josh Liskiewitz writes that Utah redshirt senior T Salesi Uhatafe was "outstanding all season on pass blocks."
Liskiewitz's only caveat is in regards to Uhatafe's work in a down bowl performance against Indiana. Otherwise, aces. The ESPN analyst points out several shiny statistics for the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Utah rock, noting that in the Utes' final seven conference games, Uhatafe surrendered just one sack, no hits and two hurries. Uhatafe has appeared in 38 games for his career, 24 of which were starts. He did not miss a snap this past season.