Claremont (Cal.) outside linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu had a hot junior year on the field and in recruiting.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound four-star linebacker has nearly 20 offers, including Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, USC, UCLA and Washington.
The Cardinal offered him in November.
“Stanford, they definitely have a great education program their coaches are good people,” Tuliaupupu said. “They develop you as a player and a person and I grew up liking them for education and all the stuff they have to offer.”
Tuliaupupu said the Stanford coaches have put a focus on his well-being after football when discussing his potential future with the Cardinal.
Tuliaupupu is the #5 outside linebacker in the 2018 class, and #2 prospect at that position in California. He said playing in the recruiting hotbed of southern California has helped him become the player he is today.
“There is a lot of great competition out here,” Tuliaupupu said. “It's great to see other guys you're competing with a player in the national scale. It just pushes you to work harder.”
In the meantime, the linebacker plans to “live” in the weight room to get bigger and stronger for the next level.
No matter where he ends up, he wants to be prepared to contribute immediately and potentially graduate high school early to get on campus sooner.
“I have to just come in and compete for a spot. Competition is the best way to get better.,” Tuliaupupu said. “I'm able to play outside linebacker, I can play inside linebacker or even defensive end or hybrid pass rusher if they need anything.”