Tulimasealii has 9-tackle, 2-sack game for College of Sequoias
You might think he would be out of rhythm, but he hasn’t skipped a beat.
The 20-year-old freshman at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, has made an immediate impact and is starting at defensive end for the unbeaten Giants [4-0].
Tulimasealii, of West High fame, is coming off a monster 9-tackle, 2-sack game against De Anza.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder has been huge for College of the Sequoias this season, anchoring a defense that is giving up 18 points a game compared to 44 last year.
“He’s one of our better pass rushers,” COS defensive line coach Eric Johnson told the Visalia Times-Delta. “He’s developing right before our eyes.”
Tulimasealii grew up playing multiple positions but is now focusing on the defensive line.
He leads the team with four sacks and ranks third with 20 tackles in three games.
“He’s a major D-I prospect,” Johnson said. “He’s just gotta keep his grades together, but his attitude is always positive and that’s kind of a positive thing because you don’t typically see that at a junior college.
Tulimasealii signed with the University of Nebraska-Kearney out of high school but never played in a game. He didn’t play football the next year.
He landed at College of the Sequoias through a former coach who knew the coaches at the junior college.
“He’s humble. You can tell he comes from a good stock of family,” Johnson said. “I love having him out here. He’s a great kid.”