"I think it's going pretty good. I haven't really gotten into it as much, but I'm gonna start this week. The past three weeks, the beginning of summer, I had summer school to remediate a class from ninth grade. It's just going along from there."
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound prospect is being recruited by Texas Tech among other schools, and a familiar name to Red Raider fans is playing a big role in his recruitment.
"Coach Smith and Sam Fehoko. I haven't really kept in contact with them, just because like I said, I've been going through summer school. I haven't been as close with the coaches as I need to be, of the schools I want to go to."
Texas Tech obviously has its fair share of ties to the Polynesian community, with Breiden Fehoko the latest to join the Texas Tech football program. Tupai is familiar with the Fehoko family and would know some teammates already if he ended up at Texas Tech.
Tupai is the 25th-ranked DE in the nation, 3rd in the West and is the top-ranked DE in Utah. While universities from all over the West Coast are in hot pursuit, Texas Tech is standing out as of right now.
"I like them so far just from what I've heard. I've heard a lot of history about them, about how good they are and how close the coaches are with the athletes there."
Lubbock, Texas is certainly a long ways away from Murray, Utah, but location is not a factor to the 4-star DE in where he decides to commit.
"I'm not worried about where I play. I actually want to get out of state."
July is around the corner, and Tupai plans on taking some unofficial visits this summer.
"Yeah, for sure. I'm not sure when, but there are some schools I want to go visit. Texas Tech would be one of them, Mississippi State, USC."While the 208th-ranked recruit in the Scout300 has a long way to go before he narrows things down or makes a decision, some schools are standing out for him so far.
"Texas Tech for sure (is standing out). Mississippi State, USC, Wisconsin, and UCLA."