Tuipulotu Planning Rising Stars Visit

2017 Central (Independence, Or.) DL Marlon Tuipulotu committed to Washington on a visit during the spring and on July 15th he'll be back on Montlake, but this time it won't just be as a recruiting...

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"I'm planning on going up there for their Rising Stars camp on July 15th," Tuipulotu told Dawgman.com. "They want to get me up there to check things out again and also to take part in camp, but I'm also going to be recruiting while I'm there because they want to get some of the commits around some of the guys they have targeted and for us to bond while we are working together."

Tuipulotu committed to Washington in mid-April, shocking many in the recruiting world, but that hasn't stopped schools from continuing to come after him.

"Honestly, it sorta slowed down a little bit from before I committed, but there's still a few schools after me," Tuipulotu noted. "UCLACalUSCArizonaArizona State and Michigan have all been sending me stuff and contacting me a little bit, but mostly, it's slowed down quite a bit from before I committed."

So with those schools still after him, is he rethinking his decision to commit so early in the process?

"No, I don't think so," Tuipulotu said. "I thought a lot about my decision and I wouldn't have committed to Washington if I wasn't sure I wanted to be a Dawg.

"My relationship with coach (Ikaika) Malloe and coach (Chris) Petersen is really strong. I talk to coach Malloe at least once a week and I hear from coach Pete every now and then too. 

"I just think it was the right place for me and I really feel comfortable there. It's also not just about football. It's about the family aspect, the location, the school, just everything about the program."

As a junior last season, Tuipulotu posted 78 tackles, 28 tackles, 13 sacks and two interceptions while playing almost every position along the defensive line for the Panthers.

He was named to the Opening Finals that will take place the first week of July and he has also been named to the Army All-American game which will take place in early January.


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