By Jimmy Durkin
Fremont High’s Sione Tupouata, the Oakland Athletic League’s football MVP, is heading to Utah. Tigers coach Isamu Falevai confirmed Thursday that Tupouata, a 6- foot-4, 250-pound defensive end, gave a verbal commitment to play for the Utes. Tupouata is not yet academically qualified, but Falevai is confident he’ll become a late qualifier and Utah apparently was comfortable enough to give him an offer.“They’re going to work something out,” Falevai said. “(Tupouata) re-committed fully (to academics) this year. He’s taking another SAT in March.” Tupouata was not immediately available for comment Thursday night. In addition to this year’s MVP award, Tupouata was the defensive player of the year as a junior.