Four-star defensive tackle Jay Tufele will take his first official to Michigan on Oct. 22, when the Wolverines play Illinois.
— Jay Tufele (@tufele123) October 3, 2016
Tufele, from South Jordan, Utah, is the No. 56 recruit and No. 3 defensive tackle in the class of 2017, according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings. He stands 6-foot-3, 297 pounds and racked up 114 tackles and 16 sacks in his sophomore and junior seasons at Bingham High School.
Tufele has 21 offers and has been pursued aggressively by Ohio State and Utah, in addition to Michigan.
The Wolverines currently have one defensive tackle commit in Tufele’s recruiting class, 3-star Phillip Paea from Berrien Springs, Mich.
Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno and defensive line coach Greg Mattison have led the recruiting effort for Tufele.
Here’s what Land of 10 recruiting analyst Jeremy Birmingham wrote about Tufele last week.
Tufele is one of the most private, keep-to-himself recruits in the country and this top-seven list reveals very little about his actual thought process or plans for his recruitment moving forward. Over the past few months, Utah, Michigan and Ohio State have been considered the front-runners, but the inclusion of a few more West Coast schools does add some intrigue, especially as Oregon – one of Tufele’s early favorites – has fallen off the list.
Here are some highlights from Tufele’s junior season: