July 21, 2024

Oregon State linebacker Mason Tufaga announced that he’s retiring from football.

A highly acclaimed recruit from Hawaii who originally signed with Utah in 2020, Tufaga never played a down in three years with the Utes or Oregon State. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Tufaga transferred to OSU following the 2022 season at Utah.

Tufaga’s position was inside linebacker during his three-year college stint. Tufaga moved to outside linebacker this spring.

On Monday, Miami Herald Marlins reporter Craig Mish stated that “there is a growing belief Chisholm will be traded” ahead of this year’s deadline. If the stud shortstop is traded before July 30, the player, who is still under team control for two more seasons, will undoubtedly be pursued by numerous teams.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at four teams who could be strong competitors for the Jazz Chisholm Jr. sweepstakes.

Tufaga expressed his decision on Instagram, writing, “No words could ever define the gratitude I feel for this game and the numerous possibilities and experiences it’s provided me. I’m especially grateful for the lifelong relationships I’ve formed along the road. “Leaving football has been one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make.”

Tufaga’s brother Isaiah played at Oregon State in 2018 before transferring to Hawaii.

–Nick Daschel can be reached at 360-607-4824, ndaschel@oregonian.com, or @nickdaschel.

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