LSU will play host to 4-star inside linebacker Maninoa Tufono on Tuesday for the first time.
Tufono, who ranks as the No. 5 inside linebacker in the Class of 2019, will be hitting the Southeast as he takes advantage of his summer break. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Hawaii native has routinely been linked to West Coast schools such as Oregon, Washington, UCLA and Southern Cal due to proximity.
Tufono will make unofficial stops to Texas on Saturday, to LSU on Tuesday and to Alabama on June 22 during his mainlands tour. Both the Longhorns and Tigers cracked the blue-chip linebacker’s top group of schools released last month.
LSU currently holds commitments from two linebackers in its 2019 recruiting class, 4-star Texas outside linebacker Marcel Brooks and 3-star Mississippi inside linebacker Zach Edwards. The team is expected to take at least three — and up to four — in this cycle.
The team is out in front for New Orleans 4-star linebacker Donte’ Starks, who could make a decision as early as July and remains a priority target. Alabama 3-star linebacker Kendall McCallum is also in the mix. He is expected on campus later this month for the Tigers’ elite high school camp so that the staff can take a closer look at the out-of-state target.
Christian Harris, a 4-star athlete for University Lab (La.) High School, is also a potential fit. LSU offered Harris in the spring as an offensive athlete, but is willing to let the 6-foot-2, 235-pounder pick his position. Some schools, like Alabama, view Harris as an inside linebacker.
Add Tufono to list of potential options for the Tigers in the inside as the team looks for options to eventually replace All-American Devin White.