The Bruins’ first commitment since announcing a move to the Big Ten comes along the line of scrimmage. Poetic.

AJ Fuimaono, a 3-star defensive tackle from Henderson (Nev.) Liberty, announced on Tuesday he intends to begin his college career in Westwood. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman chose the Bruins over interest from Hawaii and UNLV.

A future Polynesian Bowl participant, Fuimaono rates as a 3-star in the industry-generated 247 Composite. He’s viewed as the 82nd-best defensive lineman in the 2023 class and the seventh-best prospect from the state of Nevada. UCLA has been on him for quite some time, the first FBS program to extend an offer all the way back in October of 2021.

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