One of Michigan’s top targets on their defensive line board was Independence (Ore.) Central junior defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu. However, the talented interior defensive lineman committed to Washington in April. Despite his commitment to the Huskies, he’s still getting heavily pursued and hearing from the Wolverines.
“They are still in contact with me and I’m still interested in Michigan, but I’m still committed to Washington,” Tuipulotu told The Michigan Insider. “I hear from both Harbaughs, (Tony) Tuioti, (Don) Brown and (Greg) Mattison. They are still trying to still recruit me still even though I’m committed. They are just staying in touch. Jay (Harbaugh) stopped by (during the evaluation period), but I wasn’t at school that day.”
What still interests the 6-foot-2, 275-pounder about the Wolverines? The direction Jim Harbaugh and his staff have the program going.
“I like their coaching staff a lot,” Tuipulotu said. “They are building something nice over there with the players they are getting. They can be a really good team next year I believe.”
As for a trip to Ann Arbor, that remains uncertain at the moment.
“I’m committed right now and I’m happy with my decision,” Tuipulotu said. “It would have to be between me and my family to sit down and talk and see what we want to do.”
Although, the Maize and Blue are still courting Tuipulotu, he remains solidly committed to the Huskies because of everything they have to offer and the relationships he’s built as well.
“I like everything about the dawgs in the coaches, players and facilities,” Tuipulotu said. “I also think they are building something nice there as well. I also have a really good relationship with the defensive line coach. I know they are very high in education as well. I got to see how their classes looked like on my visits there. Coach Pete also doesn’t just set his players up for success on the field, in life as well. I have a lot of respect for him and his staff.”