Tuipulotu Still Weighing His Options

Siosaia "L.T." Tuipulotu from powerhouse Euless Trinity High School in the Dallas Metro area is keeping his options open as Letter of Intent Signing Day approaches. He is doing so despite an earlier verbal commit to Utah, which he considered a "soft commit." TBS caught up with Tuipulotu to learn of which schools are still recruiting him and what he's looking for as signing day approaches.

Siosaia Tuipulotu is open to all his options as Letter of Intent Signing Day approaches, and those options are a plenty for the 6-foot-2-inch, 285-pound All-State defensive tackle that was named as his region's most valuable defensive player at the end of the season. Tuipulotu has offers from Utah, BYU, UCLA, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, SMU, Nebraska and Louisville. Indeed, Tuipulotu is a top recruit at his defensive tackle position.

"I have a lot of people calling me," confirmed Tuipulotu. "I've had a lot of new offers here recently. Michigan State just offered me and I'll look at them. I'm committed to Utah, but I'll change my mind if I feel a school is the right place for me."

So what is the right school for Tuipulotu, who is LDS and has definite plans to serve a mission after playing a year in college?

"I want a place where I feel comfortable," said Tuipulotu. "Church is very important to me. I don't drink, party or anything and I want to go to a place that respects that. Fitting in with the players and program are the most important thing for me."

Although Tuipulotu has a lot of offers, he has but one official trip scheduled at this point. That trip is his official visit to Utah the weekend of January 15.

"I'm excited to go up there," said Tuipulotu about his trip to Utah. "I really like the guys up there and I'm looking forward to it."

Tuipulotu wants to take other trips and is trying to make his schedule open for visits to such schools as UCLA, BYU and Michigan State, among others.

"It's crazy right now, but I really want to make sure I visit as many places as I can," said Tuipulotu. "I want to just go out to the schools who are recruiting me and see how I feel. If it feels right then I'll commit to that school."

Tuipulotu will consider BYU as LOI Day approaches.

"They're my church's school, so of course I'm interested in them," said Tuipulotu about BYU. "I really like their coaches. They've offered me, so we'll see if I can see more of them. It's going to be a tough decision, one I'll pray about and decide with my family and really listen to them for advice."


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