The Tuiasosopo Legacy

He's considered one of the best quarterback prospects in the west, and Woodinville (Wash.) High's <b>Matt Tuiasosopo</b> has some deep bloodlines connected to a couple of college programs, one of them being UCLA...

Strong bloodlines, and strong connections to a couple of different college football programs, are what many associate with quarterback prospect Matt Tuiasosopo, 6-2, 205, Woodinville (Wash.) High.

And while gold is in the blood, there's also a mixture of blue and purple. The son of former UCLA defensive tackle great Manu Tuiasosopo and younger brother of former Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo and current Husky running bach Zach, Matt has some pretty strong connections to Washington and UCLA. And he is getting plenty of attention from both, with Washington and UCLA both heavily in the running for his services.

"It's funny, most people think because my brothers both went to UDub, that I am a lock. Now, I am interested in Washington, but I am really wide open right now. I really like UCLA a lot too."

Aside from UCLA and Washington, Tuiasosopo is also hearing from Notre Dame, Nebraska and Michigan, as well as Stanford.

Beside his father, Manu, being one of the Pac-10's best defensive linemen ever while wearing a Bruin uniform, there are plenty of connections to the Tuiasosopo family currently in Westwood. Coach Dorrell was the Washington offensive coordinator in 1999, when Marques set a Pac-10 record for being the first QB to throw for 300 yards and rush for 200 in the same game. Coach Axman was Marques' quarterback coach at the same time, including his Pac-10 Player of the Year campaign in the 200 season.

"I sort of knew Coach Dorrell when Marques was at UDub," Tuiasosopo said. "But I really knew Coach Axman, worked out with him at camp, and knew him on a personal basis. Marques has good things to say about both of them. Coach Dorrell is a good coach."

With a long history of stellar athletes (aside from his two brothers, Matt's older sister was a Washington volleyball recruit) in the family, recruiting is something that Matt is prepared for. "My dad, my brothers and even my sister, they all talk to me about recruiting. We're a close family."

Matt's childhood favorite was UCLA, even though he grew up in Washington's backyard. "I grew up always watching UCLA and they were my favorite because of my dad, but then my sister went to UDub, then Marques and Zach, so they are my two favorite now."

While he is a top quarterback prospect, Matt is also a pretty strong baseball player, playing both shortstop and pitcher. And while a pro career could be in the mix, for now he has designs on playing both in college. "I want to go to a school that will let me play both football and baseball. Some schools don't have baseball, though, so I really want to go where they have both."

This summer, Matt plans to attend the Central Washington University team camp, but isn't sure about the Eugene or Seattle Nike Camps.

For the time being, Matt wants to continue to make a name for himself, and carve his own niche. "I don't think about the lineage. My brothers did their thing, and I am ready to do my own."

Tuiasosopo has a 3.6 GPA and has a 1060 on his SAT, fully qualifying him for college.

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