2017: Tuipulotu, who enrolled at USC in the spring of 2017 after graduating a semester early from high school, will compete for playing time at defensive tackle as a first-year freshman in 2017.
HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2016 Prep Star All-American, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nuggets, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, USA Today All-Oregon Defensive Player of the Year, All-State Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year and All-Mid-Willamette Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior defensive tackle and offensive tackle at Central High in Independence (Ore.). In 2016, he had 62 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries, 2 deflections and 1 blocked field goal.
As a junior in 2015, he made All-State Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year and All-Mid-Willamette Conference Defensive Player of the Year while making 78 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 2 interceptions and 2 deflections.
As a 2014 sophomore, he made Max Preps Sophomore All-American second team while getting 72 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble. He had 57 tackles and 1 blocked field goal as a 2013 freshman.
He also wrestled at Central, winning the state Class 5A 285-pound championship as a junior.
PERSONAL: His cousin is former USC (2005-08) defensive tackle Fili Moala, who played in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts (2009-14).