A day after his impressive showing at one of the most prestigious camp settings in the country, Honolulu (Hi.) Kaiser High School offensive lineman Michael Eletise took a road trip to Arizona State, one of 19 schools to have already extended a scholarship offer.
"We left around 5 this morning and drove over here," Eletise said. "It's a wonderful school. I loved Arizona State, I don't even really know what to say about it. We saw all the facilities and so much really and I liked all of it. The area is very peaceful to me."
Eletise, 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, is being recruited to play guard by the Sun Devils and offensive line coach Chris Thomsen.
"They coaches are so great,"Eletise said. "I felt instantly comfortable around them. They were joking around and we were just having a good time.
"I talked a lot with coach Thomsen today. He's a really good guy, a family guy, he's into his faith, I like him a lot."
Eletise has offers from the likes of Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Florida State, Hawaii, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon State, San Diego State, Texas Tech, UCLA, Utah, Utah State, Washington, and Washington State, but said the Sun Devils will continue to be a prominent player in his recruitment after his unofficial visit Monday.
"I definitely want to keep being recruited by them," Eletise said. "It's hard to describe but I just really feel great about it."
A day earlier, Eletise was unquestionably one of the top overall linemen at The Opening regional.
"I think the drills I was a little off, just a bit nervous, but after that, after the first 1-on-1s I settled down some and did better," he said. "When everyone was talking good about me I was kind of shy and it was awkward. I didn't want to sound cocky or anything so I didn't know what to say.
"They were great coaches. There was one thing with my punch I didn't realize and they helped me with and then after I was like wow, okay."
Eletise is going to visit Arizona Tuesday before returning home and is planning additional unofficial visits before narrowing his focus and settling on official visits.
"I might commit after the season or maybe even during it," he said. "Academics will help me [narrow it down], the courses they have there and the coaches in general. I want to keep building my relationships with the coaches and see what they are like. That's very important. You are giving them your time and your trust and they have such a big influence on you so that's very important."