Zion Tupuola-Fetui (Blair Angulo)

Visit To UW Leaves Tupuola-Fetui 'In Awe'

Washington was the first school to offer 2018 Pearl City (Hi.) DE Zion Tupuola-Fetui, but since then, he's seen his stock rise with other schools as well. This past weekend the senior-to-be visited Seattle for the first time and he was blown away by what he saw...

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"I was just in awe when I was there," Tupuola-Fetui told Dawgman.com. "I loved it at Washington. They really made my family and me a priority while I was up there and that was really comforting. It was really good to see the program up close and the facilities and see how they prioritize education and family and football."

While he was on campus, Tupuola-Fetui said he spoke a lot with the coaches, but that he never felt pressured to commit.

"They know that I am going through the process right now," Tupuola-Fetui said. "I definitely want to see where this journey takes me and that takes time to figure out. 

"They know where I am at and they just showed me what it meant to be a Husky and that was really great."

In addition to his offer from the Huskies, Tupuola-Fetui has also received offers from HawaiiNevada and Oregon State and he has several other schools eyeing his talents including ArizonaCalifornia and Oregon.

"I'm definitely heading up to Oregon State to visit them and I was planning to go to Oregon, but I'm not going to end up going (to Oregon)," Tupuola-Fetui admitted. "At this point in the process, with how expensive it is to make trips and the time involved, I just think I need to focus on the schools that have offered me. It doesn't mean I don't like those other schools or that I am shutting things down or anything, but it's tough to get to all of these places so both me and my family feel like we need to focus on the schools that have offered me, at least at this point."

While he doesn't plan to wait until Signing Day (February 7th) to make his decision, Tupuola-Fetui isn't in a hurry to commit to a school either.

"I definitely want to take my visits, so I am thinking it will be after my senior season before I decide what I am going to do," Tupuola-Fetui noted. "The big things I am looking for are the balance between football and education. Football is only going to be around for a little while, so making sure I have a good degree and education is definitely number one for me.

"The second thing is the coaching staff. Do I trust them? What is my relationship like with them? 

"The last thing is looking at the program as a whole. Is it going in the right direction? Does it have a winning tradition?"

We'll have more on Tupuola-Fetui in the coming weeks and months and we will update news on him as it happens.


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