Virginia beats out BYU, Miami for massive Utah O-lineman ‘Snoop’ Amaama

By Jerry Ratcliffe

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Last week, Virginia’s offensive line room consisted of nine players, including no starters from the 2021 season. The transfer portal and graduation had decimated the ranks for O-Line coach Garett Tujague.


When Tapuvae “Snoop” Amaama announced Wednesday night that he had committed to Virginia after an in-home visit from Tujague and new Cavalier head coach Tony Elliott, the O-Line position room suddenly swelled to 15.

Amaama became the fifth high school commit to the 2020 recruiting class with signing day approaching in early February. He is the fifth high schooler, in addition to a transfer, to commit to UVA within the past six days.

Amaama made his commitment announcement via his Twitter account:

“Man, I just wanna thank all the coaches who’ve recruited me up until this point. I’m forever grateful, but for the next 4 years I’d like to take my talents to Virginia!”

Amaama is a 6-foot-5, 330-pound guard for Skyridge High School in Lehi, Utah. While he has played guard, he believes he can play any position on the offensive line. He recently played center for the first time in the Polynesia Bowl. Some recruiting analysts believe he may play tackle in college because of his 82-inch wingspan, long arms to ward off would-be pass rushers.

Amaama is considered a good get by Tujague, who has courted the lineman for quite a while. Amaama visited UVA the weekend of the Virginia Tech game.

“Snoop,” who got his nickname from the Snoopy beagle character from the Charlie Brown comic, had lots of offers.

BYU, Miami, Syracuse, Colorado State, Hawaii, Liberty, New Mexico and New Mexico State all offered. He was beginning to pick up interest from other schools such as LSU, USC and Washington of late.



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