Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Josh Tupou Colorado Buffs 2012 signee

HIGH SCHOOL—Despite only playing on defense his senior season, SuperPrep ranks him as the No. 88 player in the Far West Region and the No. 82 player from California (No. 5 defensive tackle). Scout ranks him as the No. 70 defensive tackle in the country. As a senior at Buena Park, he was named the Freeway League Defensive Player of the Year, and earned first-team All-Freeway League, first-team All-CIF Southern Section and second-team All-Orange County. He transferred to Buena Park from Orange High School prior to his senior season. At Orange, he was a first-team All-Golden West League selection on the offensive line as a junior. He played both ways as a defensive tackle and offensive guard as a senior, as well as both field goal units on special teams. He had 60 tackles with three-and-a-half sacks and four forced fumbles his senior year. He claims he doesn’t have a top or most memorable game in high school because he plays at the same speed all the time. He also threw the shot put on the track and field team.

ACADEMICS—He is undecided on a major at Colorado but is interested in Psychology or History as possible areas of study.

PERSONAL—He was born May 2, 1994 in Long Beach, Calif. He has three cousins playing college football, including two in the Pac-12. A cousin, Mo Latu, plays at Arizona State, while Walton Taumoepeau plays at New Mexico State and Siosifa Tufunga at Washington. His uncle is former CU defensive tackle Vili Maumau, who played defensive tackle from 1994-97 for the Buffaloes and in the NFL with the Broncos. He enjoys hanging out with his family and playing football and basketball. (Last name is pronounced TWO-POE)

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