After successfully recruiting one of the state’s top athletes in Austin Kafentzis a year ago, the University of Wisconsin is hoping they can hit pay dirt in the state of Utah for the second straight year. One of the top all-around athletes in the country, Murray (UT) HS athlete Maxs Tupai picked up his latest offer from the Badgers.
“It was my first time talking to them and they offered me,” Tupai told BadgerNation. “I was really surprised that they offered me. They were talking about how much they liked me as an athlete, being able to play all positions on the field.”
On offense Tupai has played running back, fullback and tight end, while have taken reps at defensive end, middle linebacker and outside linebacker on defense. Throw in some work on special teams, it’s something that originally attracted Wisconsin defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield when he was at Pittsburgh.
“I think it’s pretty easy (playing all the different positions),” Tupai said. “My freshman year they never had me playing those positions. My sophomore year the coaches started to realize that I could be really athletic and they started putting me at a lot of positions my junior year.”
For good measure, the 6-3, 250-pound Tupai also to be a boxer, participating in the sport starting in sixth grade through high school before turned his attention full time to football.
“I did it just to train and stay in shape throughout the year,” said Tupai. “It really helped me with my hand-eye coordination and footwork.”
Rated a four-star recruit, Tupai is ranked the No.1 defensive end in Utah, the No.20 end in the country and the overall No.202 prospect in the country by Scout.com. Holding offers from Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington, among others, Tupai has a handful of schools already standing out.
“Wisconsin, Mississippi State, USC and Texas Tech stand out to me, but I don’t have a top list,” he said. “Those are the schools I would consider. I’ve heard a lot about Wisconsin. They seem like a really good school that I would be interested in, so I want to get to know more about their program.”
Whatever school he picks, he has no preference to what position he ends up playing.
“I would honestly play any position coach needs me to help the team,” said Tupai. “Whatever position I is, I would try to focus on it and learn it the best I could to get it down.”