Uhatafe impressed by Sun Devils

Arizona State would love nothing more than to establish a pipeline to Euless (Tex.) Trinity High School, one of the lone star state's prep powerhouses. After landing tight end Jason Reese from that program, the Sun Devils have their sights set on his teammate Salesi Uhatafe. The offensive lineman officially visited Tempe the same week Reese did and was delighted with his experience.

"It was a good trip and I had fun," said the 6-foot-5, 301-pound Salesi Uhatafe. "It's a nice place. I liked touring the campus and when we had free time our hosts showed us the town. I was hosted by Laiu Moeakiola who was my teammate at Trinity last year. He just got to Arizona State this year and he told me how much he liked the program and the environment.

"The thing that impressed me the most was how nice the campus is and how everything was so close to each other."

During his visit Uhatafe was among the spectator s at ASU's 37-7 win over Utah and his shared his impressions of that contest.

"I like how the offense played with a high tempo," Uhatafe commented. "They really made the defense tired running the no-huddle. I had fun watching that game."

Uhatafe stated that ASU is his only offer to date because he was a reserve in his junior year.

"When the coaches recruited Jason, they saw me practice too," Uhatafe recalled. "The coaches said that they liked my quickness and footwork and thought I would be a good fit in their offense. I talked a lot to (Offensive Line) Coach Connelly and I like how he's always straightforward. He said that they could see me playing at either tackle or guard."

Even though ASU represents his lone Division I offer to date, the lineman is in no hurry to commit to the Sun Devils or any other school that may be offering in the near future.

"If my family was there with me on the visit I may have committed on the trip," Uhatafe admitted. "I wanted to talk to them before I made any decision. I really liked my visit and it would be cool to play with Laiu and Jason. But they aren't pressuring me and they know that I have to do what is best for me.

"But of course it would be nice to go to a school where I already know some of the players, and the other players that I didn't know really treated me like family when I was there."

During our original interview last week, Uhatafe didn't rule out making a decision in the near future. However, this evening he informed us that his timetable has been pushed back at least a couple of months.

"Right now I've decided to wait it out until the end of the season," Uhatafe noted. "I want to focus more on school and football."


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