Tuipulotu expands list; Louisville up next

Louisville has been a long time favorite atop the list for Euless Trinity (TX) DT Siosaia Tuipulotu. But as his recruitment progresses, the competition for the 6-2, 285-pound defensive lineman is heating up as another Big 12 powerhouse program has entered the mix.

Having gotten his senior season off to an outstanding start Trinity (TX) DT Siosaia Tuipulotu says his team is undefeated and eyeing back to back state titles.

"We had a big district win over Colleyville Heritage (TX) this past Friday night and we are 6-0," said Tuipulotu. "They had a really good passing team. I didn't have any sack, but I got six quarterback pressures. And for the season I have like 10 sacks and 16 tackles for loss," Tuipulotu mentioned speaking of the rousing 35-28 victory.

Siosaia has just as many good things happening on the field as off it as he is now receiving serious interest from one of the top programs in the country.

"Right now Oklahoma is really trying to recruit me. They said they want to take a look at me, and I will be making a visit there," said Tuipulotu.

Oklahoma has not yet extended an offer to the athletic 6-2 285 pound tackle, but they do want Tuipulotu on campus for an official visit. Siosaia says he has now expanded his list of favorites to four as Oklahoma joins Louisville, Utah, and Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers program recently received the first of his four planned official visits.

"It was great. It was my first time visiting somewhere and I really liked it there. They really care about your academics and they focus on that really hard. And their campus is really (nice) also," said Tuipulotu.

Next up for Siosaia will be his trip to Louisville though a date has not been set as of yet. He says that he is excited about the trip and has familiarity with one of the Louisville coaches in particular.

"I think I am going to visit Louisville during the season. I am being recruited by Coach Delgado and I really like him. My cousin (Nu'u Tafisi at Cal-Berkley) played for him," said Tuipulotu. "They will really help me develop to be in the NFL there. And they will help me a lot with my academics as well."

Besides his trip to the Derby City Tuipulotu says that possibly Oklahoma will be his last during the season.

"I have not set up any other visits yet I have been really busy with my football schedule. I am also going to still visit Utah for sure. They said they want me to come visit them after the season so I can focus on my season," said Tuipulotu.

Tuipulotu says he has no favorites between the four schools and will be looking for a place where he feels comfortable.

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