UW Visit Has Big Impact On Tuipulotu

Ten days ago, 2017 Independence (Or.) Central DT Marlon Tuipulotu, a Husky commit, visited Montlake to take part in the Dirt Dawgs camp and to spend time with the coaches and players. Dawgman.com caught up with the talented defensive line prospect and he said the visit had a huge impact on him...


"It was great to get up there and get coaching from coach (Ikaika) Malloe," Tuipulotu said. "It was hard and I was having some trouble learning his technique, but it was still a great learning experience and as I practiced it more, I started to get it down."

Tuipulotu won pretty much all of his one-on-one reps, showing great strength and explosiveness, and he said it was good to face some of the top offensive linemen at the camp during the final session.

"It wasn't as good as The Opening, but those guys are the best players in the nation," Tuipulotu said. "It was still really good competition though. They had some good o-linemen there and I had to really work to beat them, so it was good work."

While he was on campus, Tuipulotu also got a chance to spend some time with the players.

"During the final session, guys like Vita (Vea) and Benning (Potoae) and Jusstis Warren were down there on the field with us and they were talking to me in-between my reps," Tuipulotu said. "They were showing me different moves and we were just spending time together, getting to know each other better.

"The visit overall was great. I love it up there.

"My parents couldn't make it up, but I still had a great time and it basically made me feel stronger in my commitment to Washington."

As far as visits to other schools are concerned, Tuipulotu isn't really thinking about them, choosing to focus on getting ready for his senior season.

"I want this to be my best season, so I really just want to focus on that," Tuipulotu noted. "Washington doesn't even want me to come up on a visit until after the season when the other commits are there. That's when I will take my official visit, so that will really allow me to have the best season I can without having to worry about taking visits."

Tuipulotu and his teammates begin the season on September 2nd vs. Bend.

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