The Trojans picked up a huge commitment on Monday with the news that longtime Washington verbal commit Marlon Tuipulotu would be flipping his commitment from the Huskies to USC.
Tuipulotu (6-2, 295) was rated as a consensus top-10 defensive tackle prospect and was invited to The Opening and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and he shined in both settings. Marlon’s athleticism is one of the things that really stands out in addition to his obvious size and powerful strength (he was the Oregon state wrestling champion last year at 285 pounds).
There hadn’t been any real indication prior to last week that Tuipolotu would be considering a change in his commit but the fact that it happened sure does put a boost in the USC recruiting class, particularly along the defensive line. Tuipulotu’s verbal comes on the heels of a commitment two days ago from Brandon Pili, also from Oregon, and there are a lot of rumblings that Jay Tufele (who is also considering home-state Utah) is a strong possibility to become a Trojan as well.
Marlon becomes the 17th commit in the class of 2017 (USC has 6 spots remaining)