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Instate tight end Hank Tuipulotu wraps up USC official

Hank Tuipulotu
Hank Tuipulotu

Tight end Hank Tuipulotu of Nation Ford High called his South Carolina official visit “awesome, really cool.”

Tuipulotu is committed to BYU and led the nation with 125 catches, according to statistics compiled by MaxPreps. He totaled 1,711 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a junior he caught 105 passes for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns.

“The coaches are looking like they are doing a great job,” he said of the Gamecocks. “The program is on the rise. The facilities are so sweet and the campus is so nice. There’s a lot of nice things to like about this schools.”

Tuipulotu will visit BYU this coming weekend.

“I’m not sure I can make a decision right now,” he said. “It’s tough to say. I haven’t visited BYU yet. But having my family being able to come to all of the games is real intriguing, a real pro for coming here.”

According to Nation Ford coach Michael Allen, USC has been interested in Tuipulotu since Will Muschamp and Bobby Bentley came on the scene.

Tuipulotu, who is Mormon, intends to serve a two-year mission once he completes high school.

“Well, it won’t really have an impact on my choice,” he said. “Both schools are cool with my decision to serve a mission. They will work around it. It just means that I won’t be on the roster the next two seasons since I will essentially be taking a break between high school and college.”