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Lupoi pursues Tui Talia

It's not uncommon for coaches to target top-rated recruits up until the day they sign. What is uncommon is for coaches to recruit them to a school they don't coach at.

Diablo Valley College (Calif.) defensive end Tui Talia committed to Oregon back in June. It was an even sweeter commitment for Oregon fans as he was previously committed to Washington.

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound prep has continued to hear from current Washington assistant Tosh Lupoi, who recruited him for the Huskies initially. However, the assistant wasn't recruiting him to Seattle.

"I guess USC has kept trying to contact me," Talia said. "They have been talking to my coach but I haven't talked to them. He was saying he talked to coach Lupoi but he was talking about him going to USC and he wants me there."

Lupoi is still under contract at Washington, but is not expected to be retained by new head coach Chris Petersen. There is speculation he will end up as part of former Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian's staff at USC.

Talia said he does not have any trips planned except his stop in Eugene on Jan. 6.

"I'll be in Oregon on Jan. 6 and that's all that's left for me. I talked to coach (Nick) Aliotti the other day and he was just making sure everything was all good and how my grades are. I'm solid on my grades and I'm 100-percent for Oregon."

The 3-star defender said he hopes to study sports medicine at Oregon. He said Eugene is 'the perfect fit' for him.

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