Four star DT prospect has OSU trip scheduled

ONE AREA OF NEED this recruiting class at Oregon State is for prep defensive tackles -- four of six scholarship DTs on the Beaver roster will be seniors in 2007. One who could fit the bill smartly is Kaniela Tuipulotu, the No. 17 ranked prep defensive tackle prospect in the nation. The 6-2, 285-pound gap filler out of Kahuku, Hawaii has an OSU offer and an official visit scheduled to Corvallis.

Tuipulotu's official to Oregon State is slated for Jan. 19.

"How I get along with the players and the coaches, the vibe I get when I'm there on a visit, and then the academics are what's going to be (important) to me, what kind of education I'm going to get," said Tuipulotu.

A trip to Hawaii is on the books for Jan. 26, and this weekend Tuipulotu is at Utah. The four star prospect has already taken an official visit to Arizona.

The Wildcats and Utes are 1 and 1-A over the field at this point. Tuipulotu said part of the reason is because he's taken a visit to 'Zona, and knows more about Utah through his camp experiences at this stage than he does Oregon State. His timetable is up in the air. He said there is a possibility he could make the call after this weekend, or he might wait until after the OSU and Hawaii trips.

"I don't know, Arizona, I liked it a lot over there, the facilities and the players. I felt like it was a good place for me, the players I hung out with were cool," said Tuipulotu.

In addition Oregon State, UA, Utah and Hawaii, Tuipulotu was offered by Boise State and New Mexico among others this recruiting season.

Academically, Tuipulotu said he's waiting to receive his test score back but was optimistic he received a qualifying score.

"I just took the SAT but I haven't gotten my scores back yet, but everything is going good," he said.

TUIPULOTU IS CONSIDERED one of the top prospects coming out of the state of Hawaii, despite the fact he battled through balky leg and foot injuries all season long.

His '06 honors and accolades included first team designation on The Star-Bulletin All-State. The praise from college coaches in talking about his potential at the next level has been just as effusive.

"I don't know, they just say I play with a lot of emotion," said Tuipulotu.

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