Nine recruits sign National Letter of Intent to play football at Cal Poly
by – Jessica Vo
Palu Laipeli, LB, 6-1, 225, Burlingame, Calif. (Burlingame High School/College of San Mateo) Laipeli made 38 tackles as a freshman and 81 more as a sophomore middle linebacker at College of San Mateo. In the two seasons, Laipeli earned 14 tackles for lost yardage, including 4.5 sacks, and broke up five passes. As a sophomore in 2018, Laipeli earned first-team All-Bay 6 League National Division honors and was named the conference’s defensive MVP after recording 81 tackles and intercepting three passes, returning one 36 yards for a touchdown against Fresno City College. Laipeli helped CSM to an 8-3 overall record, Bay 6 National Division title at 5-0 and a berth in the NorCal semifinals, where the Bulldogs lost to Laney 14-0. Laipeli, who notched 38 tackles as a freshman at CSM, also utilized a redshirt year and has two years remaining to play two seasons at Cal Poly. He is a 2016 graduate of Burlingame High School, where he rushed for 1,147 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior while also making 45 solo tackles, including 13 for lost yardage and 3.5 sacks. Laipeli earned second-team All-Metro honors as an all-purpose player and also was named Peninsula Athletic League offensive player of the year.