Niuafe Tuihalamaka

  • Pos LB
  • Height 6-2
  • Weight 235

Prospect Info

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

  • Jersey #44
  • Class SO

As a Prospect

  • Class 2022
  • Committed 6/19/2021
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H.S. Scouting Report

2 evaluations

Evaluated 06/03/2021

Gabe Brooks National Scouting Analyst


4-7 Round Day 3

Big-bodied defender who physically fits the traditional profile of a classic inside/middle linebacker. Owns the requisite height and college-ready mass with enough space to bulk more if desired. Plenty of snaps off the ball and at times in space over the slot, but also walks up to the edge or into gaps in blitz situations. Physical in all situations with size and strength to play through traffic in the run game. Plays with a fierce demeanor and high motor. Solid tackler who arrives with purpose and generally displays sound technique. Closing speed in pursuit better than expected relative to size and play style. Shows legitimate chase-down athleticism in back-side situations. Most at home playing downhill and pursuing the ball. Fits traditional linebacker roles, but could also play edge, particularly in passing down packages. Production does not jump off the page, especially in impact categories. Plays with functional athleticism on the field but limited verified athletic context suggests need for improved top-end speed and fluidity in change-of-direction ability. Will need to improve in those areas when asked to keep up with backs and tight ends in coverage. High-major linebacker prospect who's a tone-setter suited best for the box. Could provide personnel versatility in varying down-and-distance situations. High-floor defender who could become a multi-year starter in college and possibly develop into an NFL Draft candidate.

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  • Evaluated 10/19/2018 Greg Biggins National Recruiting Analyst Read

H.S. Athletic Background

Spring 2021: Played a five-game junior season at LB and on the edge. Helped Bishop Alemany to a 4-1 record.
2019: Played 10 of 12 games for a 9-3 Bishop Alemany squad as a sophomore. Averaged 6.5 tackles per game.
2018: Varsity starter as a freshman for a Bishop Alemany team that went 7-5.

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