NASHVILLE — Daniel Bituli doesn’t like to talk much about himself, preferring to place a priority on family and religion. It is a tendency he explains is rooted in the culture of his native Congo.
But the numbers the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Tennessee football signee has generated speak for themselves, from his 600-pound-plus squat and 40-inch vertical jump in the weight room, to Bituli’s gaudy statistics.
Bituli, who projects to play linebacker for the Vols — perhaps as a true freshman — registered 47 solo tackles and 43 assists for Class 1A state champion Nashville Christian last season.
A two-year starter at middle linebacker, Bituli directed the Eagles defense. The 4-star prospect registered 20 tackles for loss, six fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and an interception which he returned for 41 yards, according to MaxPreps.com.
A former tailback, Bituli lined up at fullback on offense most of the season for the Eagles, preferring to block for teammates rather than carry the ball into the spotlight.
On the 15 occasions coach Jeff Brothers elected to give Bituli the football, he gained 283 yards (18.9 yards per carry) and scored seven touchdowns.
Here’s what Bituli had to say (above video) when SEC Country caught up with him recently at Nashville Christian High School.