Last minute visit produces Tech’s 21st commit

Harbor City, Calif. defensive tackle Boe Tufele received a call around 6:30 a.m. PST on Friday morning.

On the other side of the call was Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson extending the 3-star Tufele a 2017 offer and a invitation to go on an official visit in Atlanta, Ga. over the weekend.

“I was sleeping and (Tech coaches) called my coach and my high school coach called my mom and my mom called me all excited and I just woke up and was shocked and surprised and I told her, ‘Let’s get out of here. Let’s go,’” Tufele said.

Tufele left California on Friday and 48 hours later, accepted Johnson’s offer making him the 21st member of the Yellow Jackets’ signing class.

A 6-foot-3, 310 pound senior at Narbonne High School, Tufele’s official visit to Georgia Tech was the only official visit he’s been on.

"The tour was really nice," Tufele said. "The school was a nice facility. I liked it and the weather is definitely different, it's a lot colder in Atlanta than in California. I like the cold though. The team and the coaches were really nice, they were very welcoming and I felt like I fit in well."

Although Tufele spent his four years in high school playing defensive tackle, Tech coaches are planning to convert Tufele to an offensive guard or tackle which doesn’t faze Tufele at all.

"They told me that their type of offense is very physical and quick and that's why they recruited some defensive lineman to come play for the offensive line," Tufele said. "I didn't really know much about Georgia Tech and when they told me about the option (offense), I was familiar with it because I play for a team who played that type of offense, so it won't be that hard."

Tufele is the fifth offensive lineman committed to Tech along with offensive linemen 2-star Charlie Clark, 3-star Michael Minihan, 3-star Connor Hansen and 3-star Zach Quinney.

Tufele admitted he was confused at first with the proposed move to the offensive side of the ball, but was encouraged about moving when he spent time learning from Tech coaches and listening to his host for his official visit Tech offensive lineman Jahaziel Lee.

Lee, a sophomore from Ponchatoula, La., was a defensive end at Ponchatoula High School and like Tufele will be, was converted to an offensive lineman. Lee started three games at tackle as a freshman.

Tufele was also able to discuss the move and earning a starting spot on the Yellow Jackets’ offensive line like Lee did with offensive line coach Mike Sewak.

“(Sewak) was saying that there might be a possibility (of starting), but I’m gonna have to work for it, it’s not going to be given to me,” Tufele said.

Tufele had offers from Hawaii and Illinois before his offer from Georgia Tech.