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Recruiting: 3-star OL Boe Tufele Is Commitment #22 for Georgia Tech

The California prospect came out of nowhere, but brings plenty of size to the trenches for the Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech OL Parker Braun vs. georgia, November 2016. Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athletics

At the end of the final weekend of official visits before Wednesday’s National Signing Day, the Yellow Jackets added a pretty big surprise to their 2017 recruiting class in the form of California OL Boe Tufele.

Tufele is a recruit that slid under the Georgia Tech radar for quite a while. I had not heard of him until recently, but he visited Georgia Tech this weekend and decided to commit to playing on the Flats. He hails from Harbor City in Southern California (right outside of Long Beach), which might explain why we have not heard much about him. While he is a combo lineman, it was confirmed by Kelly Quinlan on Twitter that Tufele committed as an offensive lineman. Tufele is a 3-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite (0.8207), and becomes the fifth OL commit this class. He chose Georgia Tech over Illinois and Hawaii.

Tufele is listed at 6’3” and 290 pounds by several recruiting sites, although he looks even larger than that and is listed at 320 pounds on his Hudl page. He has the ability to play guard or tackle, but at his weight would probably fit best at guard. (That would also fit Georgia Tech’s recent trends of putting its heaviest offensive linemen at guard — right guard in particular.)

Looking at Tufele’s highlights, it’s tough to perfectly translate his play as a defensive tackle into a projection for how he’ll fit on Georgia Tech’s offensive line. That said, it does make sense why the coaching staff likes his prospects. Tufele shows good athleticism for his size and uses his hands very well -- both of which will translate to the offensive line. He also shows a good motor, which is more of a defensive line-related skill but would certainly translate to the opposite side of the trenches as well. Without a ton of record to go off of, it will be interesting to follow how Tufele translates to Georgia Tech’s offensive line.

Congratulations to Tufele, his family, and the coaching staff!

Tufele’s commitment brings Georgia Tech’s recruiting class to 22, which now looks like this:

Georgia Tech’s 2017 Recruiting Class

Pos Name Ht Wt Hometown Rivals 247Sports Comp Status
Pos Name Ht Wt Hometown Rivals 247Sports Comp Status
DB Gentry Bonds 6-1 190 Murfreesboro, TN 4-star (5.8) 3-star (0.8545) Enrolled (1/9/2017)
DB Jaytlin Askew 5-9 170 Powder Springs, GA 3-star (5.7) 3-star (0.8646) Enrolled (1/9/2017)
P Pressley Harvin III 6-0 230 Sumter, SC 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8145) Signed (2/1/2017)
OL Connor Hansen 6-2 320 Tallahassee, FL 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8238) Signed (2/1/2017)
LB TD Roof 5-11 202 Buford, GA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8346) Signed (2/1/2017)
DB Dameon Williams 5-10 170 Norcross, GA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8472) Signed (2/1/2017)
OL Zach Quinney 6-6 260 Savannah, GA 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8396) Signed (2/1/2017)
OL Michael Minihan 6-3 285 Honolulu, HI 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8403) Signed (2/1/2017)
DB Tre' Swilling 6-0 180 New Orleans, LA 4-star (5.8) 3-star (0.8752) Signed (2/1/2017)
LB Bruce Jordan-Swilling 6-0 215 New Orleans, LA 4-star (5.8) 4-star (0.9150) Signed (2/1/2017)
RB Jerry Howard, Jr. 6-0 210 Rock Hill, SC 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8147) Signed (2/1/2017)
QB Tobias Oliver 6-2 180 Warner Robins, GA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8312) Signed (2/1/2017)
DL Cortez Alston 6-3 250 Atlanta, GA 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8534) Signed (2/1/2017)
OL Charlie Clark 6-4 270 Atlanta, GA 2-star (5.3) 3-star (0.8072) Signed (2/1/2017)
RB Jordan Ponchez-Mason 6-1 205 Gallatin, TN 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8158) Signed (2/1/2017)
DE Kelton Dawson 6-2 240 Stockbridge, GA 3-star (5.5) 3-star (0.8359) Signed (2/1/2017)
DB Avery Showell 6-2 200 Cartersville, GA 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8320) Signed (2/1/2017)
LB Jaquan Henderson 6-1 210 Covington, GA 3-star (5.7) 3-star (0.8813) Signed (2/1/2017)
DL Antwan Owens 6-4 286 Tallahassee, FL 3-star (5.6) 3-star (0.8192) Signed (2/1/2017)
K Brenton King 6-0 165 Hoschton, GA 2-star (5.4) NR Signed (2/1/2017)
DB Tariq Carpenter 6-2 191 Ludowici, GA 2-star (5.4) 3-star (0.8182) Signed (2/1/2017)
DT Boe Tufele 6-3 290 Harbor City, CA 2-star (5.3) 3-star (0.8207) Signed (2/1/2017)
DB Kaleb Oliver 6-3 200 Murfreesboro, TN 4-star (5.8) 3-star (0.8670) Signed (2/1/2017)
WR Adonicas Sanders 6-1 190 North Charleston, SC 2-star (5.2) NR Signed (2/1/2017)