DT Taimatuia talks Boise State commitment

Full family support is as important to Justin Taimatuia (Fort Scott, Kan./Fort Scott Community College) as his recruiting process.

So when the 6-foot-1, 300-pound, junior college defensive tackle received the green light from his father to give his verbal pledge to Boise State, he quickly made the call to the Broncos coaching staff. Taimatuia became Boise State’s 10th overall commit and the program’s first juco commit of the 2013 recruiting class. He also became the Broncos’ first defensive lineman of the class.

“It really was my family,” Taimatuia said. “I talked to my dad, and I wanted support from him. He said if I felt right about going there, why not commit? I wanted to be as close to them as possible.”

Taimatuia’s father Fuatai lives in Waipahu, Hawaii. He has family in Hawaii and California. Taimatuia played at Tafuna High School in American Samoa before heading to Fort Scott, a team that is 1-1 on the year and will face Butler Community College (El Dorado, Kan.) on Saturday.

Taimatuia chose Boise State over offers from Houston, Indiana, Louisiana Tech, Oregon State, Memphis and Texas State, among others. He was recruited by defensive line coach Andy Avalos.

“I’m ready to get in and make a difference,” Taimatuia said. “I told Coach Avalos, whatever I can do to help out the team, I will. I’m not a selfish player.”

Taimatuia said he is committed to the Broncos, but he added that he still plans on taking official visits to Oregon State and Houston, in addition to Boise State. He will visit Boise State on Oct. 14 and Oregon State on Nov. 17. An official visit to Houston will take place after Fort Scott’s season.

Taimatuia has five tackles through the first two games. He finished last season with 37 tackles, including five for loss.