UP NEXT: '16 Nation Ford TE/WR Hank Tuipulotu

We caught up with what may be the top tight end prospect in the state for 2016...or is he a possession receiver...or is he a h-back? Either way he's a bonafide prospect firmly on the recruiting radar for all the heavy hitters in the Carolinas already. The 6'3 225 pound prospect is one of the state's leaders in receiving right now and he's "UP NEXT" here on SCPrepNation.com!

Hank Tuipulotu Profile

Scanning through HUDL film we came across 2016 Nation Ford tight end/wide receiver prospect Hank Tuipulotu and we quickly realized that he's a star in the making in the Rock Hill area. The 6'3 225 pound prospect has nearly 1,000 yards already through just 8 games for Nation Ford and he's already starting to hear from regional powers early on. We expect things to explode for him between now and his senior season if he has a strong showing on the camp and combine circuit which could lead to some early scholarship offers.

We caught up with Tuipulotu to talk about his junior season and more.

"Well last time my coaches told me it was something like 73 catches for 966 yards I think. I've caught 14 touchdowns so far. We're 2-6 so far so it's not too hot this season."

A few regional schools are already in touch with Tuipulotu early on and he talked about the ones he's heard from so far.

"Well I'm hearing from the local ones like North Carolina, South Carolina, and Clemson. I've also talked to BYU some too."

There are other schools out there that the 2016 prospect is hoping to hear from moving forward he says.

"I want to hear more from those local schools like NC State and South Carolina but I would also like to hear from some west coast schools like Stanford, Oregon, or BYU."

Tuipulotu plays both tight end and wide receiver for Nation Ford and he presents a matchup problem for most teams that they face. His 6'3 225 pound frame matched with good speed, strength, and athleticism has helped him become one of the state's top receivers regardless of classification or position thus far.

The 2016 standout broke down his game for us and talked about the areas that he feels are his biggest strengths currently and areas he'd like to improve moving forward to get even better.

"I think my strengths are my hands, strength, route running ability, ability to high point the ball, vision, and intelligence on the field."

"I really want to increase my strength and my blocking ability this off season. I also want to polish off my route running too."

Putting up good numbers in the classroom as well reporting "a 4.6 on the 5 point scale they do at our school. It would be a 3.7 on a traditional 4 point scale."

He shared with us some of the things he'll consider heavily when choosing a college come next year at some point before or on National Signing Day 2015.

"Well education is really important to me so things like graduation rates and fields of study offered will be important. I also want to play for a good team within a good conference."

We asked Tuipulotu if he had to compare his game to any particular players who would his style of play most compare to in his own opinion and he had this to say.

"I would compare my style of play to a mix of Jason Witten and Jimmy Graham. I am a possession style receiver/tight end and I can also split out wide and play the slot or as isolated receiver."

SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Hank Tuipulotu moving forward so keep it right here for more of the best recruiting coverage when it comes to the state's top high school prospects. For now check out his testing measurables in the weight room and learn how to follow us on Twitter for more of the very latest...

Bench press: 280 pounds
Squat: 380 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.7 seconds

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