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May 16, 2013

Utah athlete getting close

A college decision is coming soon for Utah athlete Ula Tolutau and Wisconsin currently sits atop his list of potential schools.

"This week," Tolutau told BadgerBlitz.com when asked about his timetable for a decision. "Wisconsin's at the top of my list."

A 6-foot-1, 230-pound junior from Salt Lake City (UT) East, Tolutau said he is also considering scholarship opportunities from Utah, BYU and Utah State.

The Badgers' strong tradition in the running game caught Tolutau's attention after he received his offer.

"So I was told to call Wisconsin and I did," said Tolutau, whose lead recruiter from UW is Chad Kauha'aha'a. "I talked to coach A (Gary Andersen) and he offered me.

"If you like to run the ball or pound the rock, Wisconsin is where you want to be."

Andersen, who was the head coach at Utah State before coming to Wisconsin, and his current staff have strong connections to Utah. UW views Tolutau as an athlete who could play multiple positions at the next level.

Wisconsin currently has five verbal commitments in its 2014 recruiting class from in-state standouts George Panos, Jaden Gault, Conor Sheehy, Craig Evans and Billy Hirschfeld.

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