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Briefly in 2022
• Totaled six tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble and fumble recovery, and one touchdown at No. 13 Penn State | INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS
• Big Ten and National Defensive Player of the Week after win at Penn State
• Helped force four TOs that led to 21 pts.
Ohio State Overview
• JT is in his second season with the Ohio State program
• He played in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2021
• His 339 plays were second-most among all true freshmen defenders and fourth among all freshmen on the team
• Contributed 17 total tackles, including 4.5 tackles-for-losses totalling 30 yards
• Had quarterback sacks vs. in consecutive games vs. Maryland, Indiana and Penn State
• His high game of three tackles came in the Rose Bowl vs. Utah
More on JT
• Made his commitment to Ohio State on July 4, 2021, becoming the final member of the 2021 recruiting class
• Is the highest-rated defensive prospect to sign with Ohio State in the modern recruiting era (2000-present).
• The nation’s No. 1-rated overall prospect according to 247Sports.com
• His commitment gave the Buckeyes five of the nation’s top-10 ranked players in the 2021 signing class.
• Named the 2021 Polynesian High School Football Player of the Year.
• Led Eastside Catholic to a pair of 3A state titles in his career (2018 and 2019).
• Named the SBLive Washington Player of the Year despite a shortened high school season that occurred in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• As a junior in 2019, he led Eastside Catholic in tackles (64) and sacks (11).
• Was a 2020 All-American Bowl selection
• Selected as SBLive’s 3A Senior Athlete of the Year
• Four-year member of the Eastside Catholic basketball team with a career scoring average of 11.1 points per game.
• In a pandemic-shortened senior season, he averaged 18.0 points per game and eight rebounds while playing guard, forward and center.
• Is the son of Ponce de Leon Faletoi and Alofa Tuimoloau