Tupai Enjoying the Experience

Jun. 5 -- The Murray (Utah) defensive end, Maxs Tupai, is enjoying the recruiting experience, which is still somewhat new to his school...

Murray (Utah) defensive end Maxs Tupai (6-3, 6-3, 245) said he’s lost track of how many offers have come in.

“Honestly, I don’t even know how many I have, there have been a lot,” said Tupai. “It’s been pretty exciting.”

Tupai, the No. 3 defensive end in the West, though, does know some of the schools that have been after him the hardest.

“I would definitely say that Texas Tech, USC, UCLA, Mississippi State, BYU and Utah are recruiting me the hardest,” said Tupai.

A couple of other schools could be close to offering too.

“I’ve talked with Oregon, Michigan and Ole Miss more and they could be close,” said Tupai.

The Western schools recruiting Tupai the hardest have built good relationships with Tupai, which has been important to him.

“Coach (Kennedy) Polamalu is recruiting me at UCLA and he’s a good coach and a good guy. Coach Tui (Marques Tuiasosopo) is recruiting me at USC and he’s a pretty cool guy too,” said Tupai. “BYU has Coach (Kelly) Poppinga recruiting me and Utah has the whole staff really recruiting me.”

Tupai has been told he could play a variety of positions in college.

“Some schools want me to play defensive end, some say outside linebacker and some schools have even talked to me about playing fullback,” said Tupai.

Tupai said he plans to make all five of his official visits, but he’s nowhere near scheduling them.

“I haven’t gotten in to where I want to visit,” said Tupai. “But maybe I’ll start planning that this summer.”

Tupai said the spring evaluation period, which brought numerous coaches to Murray, a school that has been lightly recruiting historically, was fun for him and his coaches.

“It was a great experience for me with all of the coaches coming by,” said Tupai. “It was great bringing that exposure to our school and my teammates and putting my high school on the map.”

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