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Hurricanes 2023 OL signee Frankie Tinilau eagerly awaits arrival at Miami: `Goal is to learn and to show my talent’

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Hurricanes 2023 OL signee Frankie Tinilau eagerly awaits arrival at Miami:  `Goal is to learn and to show my talent’

Following his graduation from Immaculata-La Salle High School, Miami Hurricanes 2023 offensive line commit Frankie Tinilau will be wasting no time getting on campus. He hopes to enroll for May’s Summer A if his transcripts are in; otherwise it will be in June for Summer B.

His plan as of now?

“I’m going straight from my graduation to move in,” Tinilau told CaneSport. “I’m excited to just go be a sponge and learn from Mario Cristobal and coach Alex Mirabal. I think that’s what I’m most excited about. I’ve seen what they’ve done in the past, and I just want to be a part of that and soak up all of the knowledge they have.”

Tinilau, a three-star prospect according to the On3 Industry Ranking, feels his bond with the Hurricanes has only strengthened since signing his national letter-of-intent in December.

“For me, none of the feelings have changed,” Tinilau said. “Every time I see the coaching staff, they’re always excited, and I think that’s the best thing about Miami. The coaching and recruiting staff do a great job of making everyone feel welcome. Even just seeing how they treat the players that are there already, you can see nothing changes when you get there.”

The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder, who committed to the Hurricanes in April 2022, has been a regular visitor in Coral Gables throughout the fall and spring and has been thrilled with what he has seen from his 2023 class members and the new arrivals that have come to Miami through the transfer portal.

“The incoming freshmen and everyone else are just gelling together with the boys,” Tinilau said. “The majority of the team is also new, so just seeing the culture being built in the locker room is good to see. Just being at the practices, I feel like the relationship with me and the players is great.”

Tinilau has been in touch with his fellow 2023 commits since they enrolled, and he has received a lot of positive feedback from players like offensive lineman Francis Mauigoa and wideout Nathaniel Joseph about life as a Hurricane student-athlete.

Thankful for the U! pic.twitter.com/owj7kMOa0V

— Frankie Tinilau (@FrankieTinilau) October 17, 2022

“When they first got there, they were just getting used to the intensity of the workouts, and they were telling me a bit about how the workouts were going,” Tinilau said. “They’re just telling me to be as prepared as you can. Not just conditioning-wise but just physically as well. I’m just going to make sure my body is healthy when I come into practice and school, so just when I get there, I’ll make sure I don’t have any injuries.”

Tinilau has been competing in track and field events for La Salle High School since the end of his senior football season, while also focusing on increasing his mobility and conditioning in preparation for his arrival in Coral Gables.

“The biggest thing is my mobility and conditioning,” he said. “I’m naturally strong, and when I’m in the weight room, I can throw some things around. I think the best thing to prepare for is the conditioning and getting used to running around in that heat. That Miami heat is a lot different from other places. So just getting used to working out and getting my heart rate up.”

After suffering a broken wrist midway through his senior season, Tinilua says that the wrist has been restored to full health and is on its path to recovering full strength.

“The wrist is great,” Tinilau said. “I have full movement and mobility. The only thing I need to do is strengthen it up. I think my biggest mistake was not taking care of my wrist and ankle, and those injuries came. That’s something I can always work on. Even if it’s just five or ten minutes working on it after a workout.”

With his enrollment in Miami just over a month away, Tinilua is beginning to understand that his goals are becoming a reality, and he is ready to put in the work to succeed as a Hurricane.

“My major goal is to learn and to show my talent,” Tinilau said. “I didn’t grow up playing the sport, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get out there and kill it. I want to go out there during my first and second years and just show my abilities and talent and just ball out. Honestly, just have fun and play football.”

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