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(Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

SEATTLE- The University of Washington football team had a big win on Monday when it got a commitment from a top defensive tackle prospect, Faatui Tuitele. The Washington Huskies are no stranger to recruiting and grooming dominant interior defensive lineman in recent years. Since 2015, Danny Shelton and Via Veta both went in the top 12 in their respective drafts and are seeing significant playing time in the NFL.

Tuitele is the highest ranked prospect the Huskies have scooped up in the 2019 class, which is currently the No. 21 highest ranked recruiting class in the nation. Tuitele is the 40th overall prospect, but the third best DT the sixth best recruit in the region.

Tuitele turned down some big names to end up in Seattle. Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas and Oregon all submitted offers to Tuitele. That’s just the top of the list, as Tuitele had 27 total offers, including Washington.

Tuitele is the sixth prospect from Hawaii to join the Huskies in the 2019 recruiting class. He’s also the fourth ESPN Top 300 prospect to commit to the team. Other Top 300 recruits include the No. 6 defensive tackle, Jacob Bandes and the No. 6 pocket passer quarterback, Dylan Morris along with the No. 13 offensive guard Sama Paama. Morris is a resident of Washington state and recently finished his senior year at Graham-Kapowsin.

The Huskies still have some lines in the pond to pull in some bigger prospects. Of the prospects ranked higher than Tuitele that are still uncommitted, U-Dub has offered scholarships to two of them, the No. 1 ranked athlete, Bru McCoy and the No. 1 overall prospect, defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux.  

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