SoHi’s Tuisaula signs to play DII football

The Soldotna football program sent off another star Tuesday morning when senior linebacker Wendell Tuisaula signed a letter of intent to play football at Texas A&M Kingsville, a Division II school that competes in the Lone Star Conference.

“There’s an NFL-caliber talent on the field every Saturday in that conference,” said SoHi head coach Galen Brantley Jr.

Texas A&M Kingsville finished seventh last year with a 2-6 conference record, and 4-7 overall.

Luckily, the Javelina are getting a good one. Tuisaula is a two-time Division II Defensive Player of the Year in Alaska, and has helped guide the Soldotna program along its state-record win streak of 59 games. Tuisaula has been part of the previous 30 victories, and also has three state championship rings to show for it.

Brantley Jr. said Tuisaula received a break when Kingsville head coach Daren Wilkinson took the opportunity to see the SoHi stud scrimmage in person.

“He is as instinctual as a linebacker as I’ve coached,” Brantley Jr. said. “And you combine that with the fact that he’s 230 pounds and when he hits somebody, he brings it. He’s pretty special.

“What he’s brought to the table for us the last three years is he is just a force to be reckoned with, teams have a difficult time running between the tackles with him. He has a nose for the football. He has some intangible things you can’t coach.

Tuisaula also lucked out with the right team willing to sign him after his two-year Mormon mission is complete. Tuisaula will officially enroll at the school in fall 2020 as a freshman.

The recruitment is similar to the story of Stanford recruit Tanner McKee, a quarterback who committed to the Cardinal for 2020, like Tuisaula, after his mission is complete.

“The (Texas A&M) head coach has been on a mission himself,” Brantley Jr. said. “It was a perfect fit.”

Tuisaula was a three-year starter at SoHi, immediately taking up the job at linebacker after playing his freshman year at Wasilla.

More in Sports

Saturday hoops: Seward girls, Houston boys win Seahawk Classic; CIA boys win NIT

The Seward girls and Houston boys won titles at the Seahawk Classic… Continue reading

The Soldotna hockey team won the Division II state championship at the Patty Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. (Photo provided)
SoHi hockey claims Division II title; Kenai 4th

The Soldotna hockey team defeated Juneau-Douglas: Kale 2-1 on Saturday to… Continue reading

Steel notch 2-game sweep of Brown Bears

The host Chippewa (Wisconsin) Steel completed a two-game sweep of the Kenai… Continue reading

State hockey: SoHi makes state final; Kenai to play for 4th

Soldotna, the No. 3 seed, defeated No. 2 seed Palmer 1-0 on… Continue reading

Friday hoops: Homer sweeps Nikiski; CIA boys make final of NIT

The host Homer girls and boys basketball teams swept Nikiski on Friday… Continue reading

Brown Bears fall to Steel

The visiting Kenai River Brown Bears had a two-game winning streak snapped… Continue reading

SoHi wins, Kenai loses on opening day at state hockey

The Soldotna hockey team won and Kenai Central lost Thursday at the… Continue reading

Ninilchik, Seward split; CIA girls, boys move to NIT semis

The Ninilchik and Seward basketball teams split on the opening day of… Continue reading

Nature-based solutions like conserving peatlands and encouraging beaver in the right places and times are promising tools for ensuring abundant cool waters for fish and people. (Photo by C. Canterbury/USFWS)
Refuge Notebook: Water is life

When you think of Alaska and wildlife, the image of waters teeming… Continue reading

Most Read