The Huskies added one of the most productive high school defenders in the country today as Ratumana Bulabalavu signed his letter of intent and is headed to Seattle.
Washington was able to win out for Bulabalavu over offers from half the Pac-12 (RIP). He took official visits to Oregon State and Arizona but committed quickly after his visit to Washington. Bulabalavu is rated as a four-star prospect by 247 Sports and the #30 player in the state of California
RB played his high school football for Army & Navy Academy in San Diego, California. It’s in a league that isn’t known for producing a lot of high end FBS talent and so you’d expect a prospect from there to dominate. Well, you can check that box. In his junior season RB had 22.5 sacks. He followed that up with 21.5 sacks as a senior. Not too shabby.
Listed at 6’4 and 260 pounds, Bulabalavu clearly has the frame to potentially add weight and play inside as an interior pass rusher. He played standing up in high school mostly as a defensive end but at times lined up inside. His primary recruiter from Washington was DL coach Inoke Breckterfield and so it seems reasonable to think that he will redshirt while putting on muscle to transition for play at the defensive tackle spot. His current combination of speed and power made him un-blockable in high school and hopefully he can keep up those traits once he gets on to campus for Washington.
Here are Bulabalavu’s junior season highlights.