NICK LUCERO | rivals.com
Just before Easter weekend, he crossed that trip to Columbus off the list.
“Coach (Bill) Davis is a great coach,” he said of the Buckeyes linebackers coach. “He has a lot of experience in the league, and of course that’s one of my dreams. But they also have a good education to fall back on in case football doesn’t work.”
The Rivals100 linebacker said that a trip to the southeast would be his first, but he already has an idea about the culture in that region.
“I know it’s hard football out there and that’s what I like,” he said. “I like hard work and (visiting) is going to be a great experience.”
ON HIS WORDS
“We’re still talking, I would say the interest level there has been the same,” he said. “I talk most with Coach (Tosh) Lupoi, but we try and keep it professional, you know. We’ve talked about scheme, what I need to work on, things like that.”
On Alabama’s main selling point to him
“It’s just been being able to compete for a championship,” he said. “Being able to compete with the best and coming up, there is going to be competition to get to the next level, and that’s what you gotta do - face competition.
“The linebackers coach, T-Will [Travis Williams], and I actually have a good relationship,” he said. “He’s pretty big-time, he played in the league, he knows what’s going on - he’s a young guy. I think I can get a lot from working with him because of his experience.”
Tuliuapupu has 30 offers and claims not to have any favorites at the moment.
“Though this process I don’t really have any top schools yet,” he said. ”I’m just mostly focused on this season. I’m going to continue thinking about it, praying, talking with my family, and get as many visits in as I can and get the whole experience.”
Visits like the ones he’s planned over spring break are big opportunities for those programs to make an impression on Tuliuapupu. At the Rivals camp, many of his peers thought he was more likely to stay local, but all of those programs he's mentioned visiting could make a claim to being a great home for a top linebacker.