New Aggie mentor signs FCS maximum 30 incoming recruits on February 1
NORTH SALINAS HS '17: Selected as Monterey Bay League Defensive Lineman of the Year as a sophomore and senior... Earned similar distinction for Central Coast Section in 2016... Played both offensive tackle and nose guard for a team that went 9-3 overall and perfect 6-0 in MBL Pacific Division in 2015... Coached by Darren Spence...Forced 8 fumbles as a senior... Tallied 72 tackles with 8 sacks as a junior, 68 stops as a sophomore... Three-time MaxPreps Defensive Player of the Game during final two seasons... Two-time team MVP plus Defensive MVP as a sophomore... Also stars for NSHS track & field team, placing 2nd in discus (154-7) at Central Coast Championship meet in 2016... Won MBL Division final in shot put, advancing to CCS semifinals (47-8)... State qualifier and MBL runner-up as a wrestler (heavyweight division).
PERSONAL: Born in Hawaii... Parents are Filemoni & Candida Tapuloa... Volunteers for his church and sings in the choir... Also member of ADAPT (Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention Team) and Health Academy clubs... Accomplished as a musician, once performing at an Oakland Raiders halftime show.