One of the state’s top high school prospects — wide receiver Billy Ray Stutzmann of Saint Louis School — yesterday accepted a UH football scholarship offer from the Warriors.
What’s more, Stutzmann is seeking to graduate in December, allowing him to enroll at UH in January and participate in spring training.
Stutzmann’s commitment is one of the earliest in the program’s history, and it jump-starts Greg McMackin’s efforts to secure the state’s top players.
Stutzmann is the younger brother of Craig Stutzmann, a UH graduate assistant coach and former UH standout.
He also received offers from Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Colorado, Michigan State and Notre Dame.
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It’s wonderful news that Tony Tuioti will join the Warriors in the newly created position of director of player personnel. He will coordinate academics and recruiting.
Not only was Tuioti a tough defensive tackle who played through numerous injuries, he was a top student. Tuioti has earned two master’s degrees.
Tuioti was a member of Bob Wagner’s final recruiting classes. Tuioti, Adrian Klemm, Kaulana Noa, Daniel Ho-Ching and Chad Shrout played for Wagner, Fred vonAppen and June Jones.
Tuioti was recruited by Ulima Afoa, now Saint Louis’ athletic director.