Trip Report - Tani Tupou talked Sunday with Everett (Wash.) Archbishop Murphy DL Taniela Tupou, who spoke enthusiastically about his recent official visit to Washington, the school he verbally committed to back on April 8th. Nothing has changed, and in fact his appreciation for the Huskies has only gotten stronger with time.

"It was really nice," Tupou said of his official visit, taken this past weekend. "It was fun. I was hanging out with all the Poly boys, guys like Alameda (Ta'amu), (Talia) Crichton (his hosts were James Atoe and Hauoli Jamora)…it seemed like family. They made me feel like I'm a part of it. Now that I've been there, I've see how cool and how close all the players are with each other. It's definitely the place I want to be."

Tupou was one of seven local prospects that have already verbally committed to Washington. "It was great to be able to see them because I know I'm going to be playing with them," he said of his time getting to know his future teammates. "Everyone coming together, it was really exciting. It was a real bonding moment."

It sounds like the Washington coaches have talked to Tupou about playing both inside and outside along the defensive line, giving him a lot of freedom to move around and cause havoc. "The only thing they really talked to me about is to be ready to come in and compete and work my butt off," he said.

Tupou is currently 6-foot-2 and 265 pounds. "I feel pretty good where I'm at, but there's always room for improvement," he said.

Tupou's father gave him the week off after ATM's disappointing championship loss to Tumwater, but he will be back hitting the weights on Monday. "We had five pretty key turnovers and we couldn't control the ball," Tupou said of their loss to the Thunderbirds. "It was just one of those days. It didn't go our way."

Will Tupou be taking any other official visits besides Washington? "No," he said emphatically. "Not at all."

On top of that, expect Tupou to be one of the local commits that takes the time to take unofficial visits to Montlake in the hopes of attracting more top prospects. "They never asked me to do it, but I've gotten pretty close to some of the players and I'll come down to visit the campus and players," he said.

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