USC '18 CA LB - Solomon Tuliaupupu (USC Verbal)

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    RECRUITING NEVER STOPS

    Satellite camp season has begun for Ohio State, and linebackers coach Bill Davis was in Azuza, California, on Saturday for Prime Time Polynesian's The Kumite Showcase at Azusa Pacific University. Among those in attendance, Santa Ana four-star linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu.

    “We spoke extensively,” Tuliaupupu's father, Turnbull, told Eleven Warriors. “Very experienced coach. Very personable. Coached up the linebackers. Mingled with all the coaches.”

    Davis undoubtedly traveled the farthest out of anyone at the small Division II campus, including coaches from Oregon, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA, UNLV, Utah, Utah State, USC and Washington State.

    The Buckeyes landed a commitment on Friday night from Virginia Beach Bishop Sullivan four-star inside linebacker Teradja Mitchell, and many have wondered how it would effect the staff's pursuit of Tuliaupupu. Some feel the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder will ultimately decide between Ohio State and USC.

    “Coach Davis and I touched on the topic briefly,” the elder Tuliaupupu said. “He said that Solo has the ability to come in and play any of the linebacker positions. At the end of the day, that's the nature of this process. From day-to-day and year-to-year, competition is the reality of it all.”
     
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    Trojans, Buckeyes in similarly stressful LB chase?

    The intrigue in the pursuit of 4-star California LB Solomon Tuliaupupu, the country’s third-ranked inside linebacker, is growing.

    As you know no doubt are aware, Ohio State has two current linebacker commits — Dallas Gant and Teradja Mitchell — and is on the cusp of a third with either Virginia’s K’Vaughan Pope or Georgia’s Michael Harris. Pope and Harris each visited the Buckeyes within the last two weeks and in each case it seems Ohio State is trying to at least delay its decisions while trying to gauge where things truly are with Tuliaupupu.

    It would have been easier to check the temperature of that recruitment had the Mater Dei linebacker been able to return to Columbus on June 17 as he had intended, but travel plans fell through at the last minute.

    There are only two teams with a 247Sports.com “prediction” when it comes to Tuliaupupu: Ohio State and USC. You know the Buckeyes’ situation, but the Trojans are similarly stacked.

    On Saturday, USC added a verbal from Hawaii 3-star Kana’i Mauga, who joins fellow linebackers Raymond Scott, Bo Calvert and, of course, Palaie Gaoteote, as Trojans commits. That’s four linebackers verballed to USC at the moment, but like Ohio State there’s absolutely no way the Trojans would turn down Tuliaupupu if he wanted to enter their class.

    A late summer decision has been discussed for the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Tuliaupupu, and it’s clear the Buckeyes and Trojans are hoping to see it happen sooner rather than later.
     
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    Solomon Tuliaupupu, LB – He flashed from the moment drills began with his athleticism and fluidity during position work. Running backs should be happy this isn't a padded camp because Tuliaupupu seemed to be itching to light somebody up and certainly could have with the way he was smothering running backs in 1on1 drills.
     
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    Solomon Tuliaupupu (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dai) — Like Tindall, Tuliaupupu has the ability to play inside or outside linebacker at the next level. During position drills, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect was strong in his backpedal and can run downhill and close with the best of them. It was apparent early on in the cat-and-mouse drills that Tuliaupupu would rather tackle than touch the runner as he knocked the ball carrier back on repeated rep wins. He's a strong, high-motor player with few flaws to his game.
     
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    FUTURE TEAMMATES?

    Not only will proctor be joined by fellow four-star safety commit Jaiden Woodbey on the West Squad, but also by Santa Ana, California, Mater Dei four-star linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu. Surrounded by his family, he received his Army Bowl jersey on Thursday afternoon, as well.

    And before you ask, that's Tuliaupupu's father, Turnbull, in the Ohio State shirt.

    Though the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Tuliaupupu has long been considered a USC lean, I've always believed Ohio State is the only program that could pull him out of Southern California. Whether or not the numbers work in the Buckeyes' favor is another story, but neither that nor distance from home is something that would disuade him from choosing to further his academic and athletic career in Columbus.

    Tuliaupupu has only been to Columbus once with his uncle, a three-day visit which included the Spring Game.

    “When I went out there, they showed me a lot of love,” Tuliaupupu told Eleven Warriors at Nike Football's The Opening Finals in July. “The thing that caught my eye was what happens after football. You make a lot of networking connections. [There are] a lot of ways to be successful after football ends, but at the same time using football to your advantage.”

    Linebackers coach Bill Davis returned the favor by attending a satellite camp at Azusa Pacific University hosted by the elder Tuliaupupu in June. He traveled the farthest out of anyone at the small Division II campus, including coaches from Oregon, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA, UNLV, Utah, Utah State, USC and Washington State.

    “We spoke extensively,” Turnbull said. “Very experienced coach. Very personable. Coached up the linebackers. Mingled with all the coaches.”

    Tuliaupupu plans to take an official visit this fall, and doesn't anticipate making a decision on his future until the Army Bowl, which takes place on Jan. 6, 2018, in San Antonio. He's put his recruitment on the backburner for the time being, anyway, as he tries to help lead the Monarchs to their first state championship in nearly 20 years.

    So when that time comes, would Ohio State accept his potential commitment? Even with three linebackers already in the fold in four-stars Teradja Mitchell, Dallas Gant and K'Vaughan Pope, the staff would absolutely make the room.
     
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    NOT DONE YET

    Last but not least, Ohio State linebackers coach Bill Davis was in California on Tuesday to watch Santa Ana Mater Dei four-star linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu practice.

    It’s really the first time in a few months we’ve discussed the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Tuliaupupu this fall, as he’s put his recruitment on the backburner to focus solely on the football season. And that’s proved to be a good idea, as he leads the undefeated and top-ranked Monarchs in tackles.

    Tuliaupupu will take his first official visit this weekend to Notre Dame, with trips to Alabama, Oregon and USC likely. His father, Turnbull, recently told Eleven Warriors another trip to Columbus is certain, too.

    The Trojans have long been considered the favorite in Tuliaupupu’s recruitment, I've always believed the Buckeyes are the only ones that could pull him out of Southern California. Whether or not the numbers work in the their favor is another story — especially given Ohio State already holds commitments from three linebackers in Teradja Mitchell, Dallas Gant and K’Vaughan Pope — but neither that nor distance from home is something that would disuade him from choosing to further his academic and athletic career in Columbus.

    An official visit would be Tuliaupupu’s second trip to Columbus, as he attended the Spring Game with his uncle back in April.

    “When I went out there, they showed me a lot of love,” Tuliaupupu told Eleven Warriors at Nike Football's The Opening Finals in July. “The thing that caught my eye was what happens after football. You make a lot of networking connections. [There are] a lot of ways to be successful after football ends, but at the same time using football to your advantage.”

    Though the Buckeyes hit the visit out of the park, this would also give the staff an opportunity to impress his parents ahead of his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.
     
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