BYU received its 10th commitment of the 2016 class on Independence Day, a do-it-all pass-catcher named Hank Tuipulotu of Fort Mill, South Carolina. The commitment was reported by The Herald, and Tuipulotu apparently made his decision Friday night:
"I was ready to go anywhere, but then I went to camp and we got to see the campus and meet the coaches and I fell in love with the place immediately," he said. - The Herald
The 6-foot-3, 225 pound tight end/wide receiver caught a whopping 105 receptions, 1,322 yards, and 17 touchdowns in just 10 games for Nation Ford High School.
Hank's father Peter played fullback for BYU during the Ty Detmer era (1987-91), rushing for 17 touchdowns, 1,528 yards, and a 5.5 yards-per-carry average in his Cougar career.
His uncle, Tom, preceded Peter at BYU from 1983-86, rushing for 587 yards in 1985 as a halfback.
According to The Herald, Tuipulotu expects to play H-back at BYU (Anae's hybrid slot receiver/"big" running back position) after departing for a mission immediately after high school.
Tuipulotu had offers from Air Force, Navy, and Applachian State, but his family roots and LDS faith led him to commit to BYU about a week after receiving his offer. According to The Herald, North Carolina and N.C. State both wanted to offer Tuipulotu but were unsure about committing a scholarship for 2018 given his intent to serve a mission.
Hank apparently has little brothers Ben and Petey coming up the Nation Ford pipeline, so there's a good chance BYU spends some time in South Carolina in the coming years.
See Hank's junior season highlights here: