One player who has seen a good deal of attention from the Trojans as of late is four-star defensive tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu of Kahuku HS (HI.). Tuipulotu is recently eliminated in-state Hawaii in his final list of schools, focusing primarily on Utah and Arizona, that is until the Trojans came knocking on his door.
"It was last week," said Tuipulotu of his recent contact with USC. "I think it was Thursday, they had called about getting some senior film of me. They've always been a favorite school of mine, so it really doesn't matter how late they get involved. I've always wanted to play there, and it's up to Coach Carroll to decide if he wants to offer me."
Tuipulotu is being recruited by USC to play nose-guard, and said his most recent talk with assistant coach Dave Watson has him optimistic about the chances of landing a scholarship from USC.
"I actually talked to him today," commented Tuipulotu. "He said that he watched my film, and thought it was really good. I guess it's up to Coach Carroll to pull the trigger when he watches it."
The recent interest from USC is a welcome thought to Kaniela, who has followed Trojan football for some time now. The four-star defensive-tackle told Scout.com that if USC were to offer, they would move into the lead for his services come Signing Day.
"Yes," answered Tuipulotu when asked if an offer from USC would move them into the lead. "SC always plays the best. They are always in a contention for a national title, and what Coach Carroll has done there is unmatched. They are in the top ten every year."
The recent attention from USC could have caught the talented pass-rusher by surprise, but it turns out that it is a connection to the USC program that has peaked his interest in the Southern California program.
"Me and Kaluka have known each other our whole lives basically, and we used to swim together as kids. I've known him (Kaluka) for a while now. Actually, my older sister and his oldest brother are dating, and I just thought one day I'd start hanging out with him more. Now he's a very good friend of mine."
Kaluka may play a vital role in luring the top ranked player from the state of Hawaii to USC, and he has had only good things to say about Coach Carroll and company.
"He (Kaluka) told me that it's really up-tempo there," commented Kaniela. "The coaches are always real energetic, and they even get excited for practices. He told me that everyday is a battle, because you want to be on that field come game day, and everyone is giving their all."
Signing Day 2007 should provide for some pleasant surprises, and WeAreSC.com will be there every step of the way.