2017 Central (Independence, Ore.) DL Marlon Tuipulotu discusses his decision to become a Husky

Marlon Tuipulotu, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive tackle from Central High School in Independence, Ore., has verbally committed to the Washington Huskies...



And with that, Washington has added yet another four-star prospect to their 2017 recruiting class.

"When I went up, I hadn't really planned on committing," Tuipulotu told Dawgman.com after returning home. "I was always high on Washington and they were always one of my favorite schools, but when I was there, meeting with the coaches, especially coach (Ikaika) Malloe, it just felt right, it felt like the right place for me and I told them that I wanted to be a Dawg."

With that, the celebration began in the Husky offices as the coaches gave their congratulations and also expressed their delight in adding one of the top defensive linemen in the west to what is already a promising group of 2017 recruits.

"Coach Malloe and coach (Chris) Petersen were like 'are you serious?' and I said yes and they jumped up and they ran out and were woofing and really excited," Tuipulotu said. 

A big reason that Tuipulotu decided to commit was how the Huskies want to use him, but that wasn't the only reason why.

"They said I could play a lot like they have Elijah Qualls playing -- D-Tackle, over the nose and even some D-End," Tuipulotu said. "They like my body and how I move and they said I could wind up play all of them when I get there.

"Another big reason for my (early) decision is just because of my relationship with the coaches. When I talked to them, they didn't try to sell me on anything. They just told me the truth and they said that I'd be a great fit there. 

"That was really nice to see."

Tuipulotu had offers from a number of schools, but he said he chose the Huskies over Oregon, Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska, USC and UCLA.

"I honestly was really high on a lot of schools, but Washington stood out over all of them," Tuipulotu noted. "I just could see myself there. They academics are top-notch and, like I said, I have a great relationship with the coaches and I love what they are building there."

As far as other visits, Tuipulotu said he's shutting things down.

"I'm a Husky," Tuipulotu said emphatically. "The coaches and I talked about and they didn't want me to commit if I was going to take other visits. 

"I told them I understood and I was fine with that. I'm happy with my decision and I won't be taking any other visits."

Tuipulotu has also agreed to play in the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. 

It's the second 4-star prospect to verbally commit to Washington in the last four days, as top receiver prospect Terrell Bynum committed to UW on Wednesday evening.


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