Tuipulotu Handling His Business

2017 Central (Independence, Or.) DT Marlon Tuipulotu has been one of the most sought-after prospects in the Pacific Northwest, but he committed to Washington back in April and, at least up to this point, he's held strong even though several schools are still after him...

"It's been a little frustrating so far because we're 0-2, but on a personal level, I feel like I have been playing well," Tuipulotu said when asked about his senior season. "We have played some tough teams so far, so hopefully we can get back on the winning way and do what we need to do."

Tuipulotu has 14 tackles and two sacks so far.

"I worked really hard on getting better every day this summer and I feel like it's been paying off," Tuipulotu said. "I feel quicker and stronger and it's really helped me a lot."

On the recruiting front, Tuipulotu has been firmly committed to the Huskies since April, but more schools have continued to come after him.

"The main ones are UCLAOregonMississippiMichiganOregon State and California," Tuipulotu said. "I'm still 100% committed to U-Dub though. I still talk to those coaches and listen to what they have to say, but I still feel strongly that Washington is the right school for me and the place where I can fulfill my potential as a player and a person.

"I talk to coach (Ikaika) Malloe all the time and coach (Chris) Petersen has also been talking with me. They just want me to know that they are excited about me coming there and that they think I will fit in great with the team."

So far, Tuipulotu has been impressed by his future squad.

"They play hard. I love watching them," Tuipulotu noted. "The coaches have them playing well and I can't believe how high they've risen so fast, but they can't let up and I know they won't because the coaches there are the best in the country.

"Man I want to get up there for a game, but I probably won't make it until the USC game if I do make it up," Tuipulotu said. "I want to get up and see the game atmosphere again and also to meet with the coaches and the players again."

Tuipulotu and his teammates will take on Glencoe (Hillsboro, Or.) this coming weekend. Top Stories