Hailing from Hesperia, California, Nofoafia Tulafono played with incoming USC Trojans freshman offensive tackle Jason Rodriguez at Oak Hills High School. Tulafono now looks to gain a USC offer of his own and after a Top Five finish at the Opening Southern California regional, he is a recruit everyone should be keeping an eye on.
Nofoafia Tulafono is a three-star offensive guard in the class of 2020. At sixteen years old he measures in at 6-foot-3, 305 pounds. After an impressive showing at the Opening Regional last month, offers have started to come in for the young guard.
Currently he holds three offers from New Mexico, UNLV, UTEP, and is gaining interest from schools such as Boise State, and Oregon.
The incoming senior who plays high school football with the Oak Hills Bulldogs, has already achieved a few accolades. Tulafono is an All Mojave River League Offensive and Defensive Lineman and an All CIF First Team Offensive Guard.
To prepare for the intensity of college football, Tulafono has been training privately with four-time Super Bowl Champion Jesse Sapolu, along with the Men in the Trenches (MITT).
Tulafono’s dedication to his craft seems to be paying off. Right now his squat and bench press max is 565 pounds and 335 pounds respectively. His power clean is 295 pounds.
I asked the Southern California native about his thoughts on USC football to which he said,
“I really love USC and have always wanted an offer from the Trojans.”
An offer from the childhood favorite may not be too far off for the up and coming recruit. As well as maintaining a 3.35 GPA, Tulafono is also an active member in his community. He helps train youth football program the HD Bulldogs and plays the drums in his church’s band.
I asked Oak Hills offensive line coach Rick Notarianni for his thoughts on Tulafono and his play:
“He can flat out play football the way the game is supposed to be played. He is a phenomenal role model and student athlete at Oak Hills and it is a pleasure to coach him. He loves SC and would actually be a good fit.”
Currently 247Sports has Tulafono rated as the No. 85 guard in the nation and the No. 188 player in the state of California. With a high ceiling and a strong work dedication, do not be surprised if we see Tulafono rising through the rankings this year.