He already played a bunch of DE last year. And we'll still likely see him
play on the interior this year. Tuiaki's D is pretty hybrid, so they give all sorts of different looks. They can go with 3-man fronts and have him at DE there, or a 4-3 end, or slide over and play the inside. There are a number of 270-290 DTs in college on the some lists of "best of," so size isn't always everything. Especially as a pass-rushing tackle. But the drop in weight has been great for him. That's why he started coming on so well later in the year. The further removed he gets from that back injury, the more potential he has.
He does look really good. We have a ton of guys with great frames. I think the right guys are slimming a bit, and the right guys are bulking up.
Between him and Leiataua, if they can finally stay healthy, they have a chance to have really good seasons. Especially with the interior help they'll have from Tonga and Fauatea. One guy I'm curious about and wouldn't be surprised if he contributed as a freshman right off a mission, is Fevaleaki. They'll need him next year because I bet Tonga leaves.