Washington coaches have plucked one of the top prospects out of the state of Oregon as four-star defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu (6-2, 275 lbs.) out of Central High School in Independence, Ore., has announced his commitment to the Huskies.
UW has been after Tuipulotu for a while now and they were one of the first schools schools to extend an offer. The Dawgs made a strong impression on Marlon from the beginning, but his recruitment was thought to mainly be a two-team battle between Oregon and UCLA. Tuipulotu, a U.S. Army All-American, says he chose Washington simply because he loves everything about the program. He committed while on an unofficial visit to Montlake with his family this weekend. UW was able to beat out quite a bit of schools in addition to the Ducks and Bruins, including Ole Miss, BYU, USC, Michigan, Nebraska, and Notre Dame among many others.
Scout.com has this to say about Tuipulotu:
"Tuipulotu is a very good looking interior prospect. He has a great first step, is explosive off the ball and is very physical. He shows very good lateral mobility and short area quickness, can split a double team and is strong at the point of attack. He can move around and play multiple spots on the defensive line but likely projects a 3-tech in college. He needs to add some size but has the frame to do so and his upside is tremendous."
As a junior in 2015 Marlon made his presence felt, racking up 78 total tackles, 28 of those for loss, and 13 sacks. His impressive junior campaign earned him Oregon 5A Defensive Player of the Year. Tuipulotu is also an accomplished wrestler, winning a state title in February.
As always, be sure to check out his highlights below.