Kahuku Continues to Produce D-I Talent

Hawaii's Kahuku High School will have another four-star defensive lineman on its roster this season. His last name, Tuipulotu, may be familiar to Cougar fans, but Kaniela Tuipulotu is not closely related to former Cougars Peter and Tom Tuipulotu. Does the lack of family connection to BYU mean there is also a lack of interest?

The 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive tackle from Laie, Hawaii has already received four scholarship offers including one from BYU.

"I have official offers from Hawaii, Arizona, Utah, and BYU," Kaniela Tuipulotu said. "I'm also hearing from Miami, Clemson, USC, Colorado, Oregon, and Oregon St."

Last year Tuipulotu had 13 sacks, and was the only junior named all state in Hawaii. He played along side Utah signee Joseph Faifili.

Tuipulotu, who is also the rugby and track teams, runs a 5.3 forty. He plans on attending the Stanford Nike camp, and the Utah camp, then visit his family in Tonga.

"I really like University of Utah," Tuipulotu said. "They've been good to me. Every time I go there, I really like it. I have a lot of friends there too."

Tuipulotu said his top 5 right now are Miami, Clemson, USC, Oregon St. and Utah.

"I want to go somewhere where I can make a name for myself," Tuipulotu said. "Somewhere that no Hawaiian player has gone before."

Tuipulotu is not LDS and has little interest in BYU.

"Coach Anae is from Kahuku," Tuipulotu said. "He was out here last year looking at some guys on my team and noticed me. He offered me a scholarship recently, but I'm not really interested in BYU."

When asked about one of his current teammates Pita Tanuvasa (who BYU is recruiting) Tuipulotu said that he was a good player but moved positions too frequently.

"If he concentrates on just one position he has D-1 potential," Tuipulotu said.

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