Meet Soli Lefiti

Hawgs Illustrated's Dudley E. Dawson catches up with Palomar Community College defensive end Soli Lefiti and finds out about his interest in Arkansas.

There are a lot of people from Arkansas who no doubt love to spend time in Hawaii, as beautiful a place as there is on earth.

But don't be surprised if a Hawaiian-born sack artist who was a second-team preseason junior college All-American comes and spends a few years in Arkansas.

Palomar (Calif.) Community College defensive end Soli Lefiti (6-5, 255, 4.8) will visit the University of Arkansas on Jan. 21-23 and then choose from the Razorbacks and Wyoming, where one of his teammates just committed but doesn't sound necessarily like his kind of place.

"The visit to Wyoming was okay, I guess," Lefiti said. "It was just all right. Nothing special. But I suspect I will see more what I am looking for in Arkansas. I don't know a lot about them, but I know enough to know the college is in Fayetteville and they play in the SEC and they play big-time football."

Lefiti did give a soft verbal to Wyoming, but still intends to take his visit to Arkansas.

"Arkansas is where I really want to go, but they have not offered me a scholarship yet and I want to save my spot with these guys in case they do," Lefiti said. "I think Arkansas is going to offer me, but I've got to protect myself. Hopefully it will all work out with Arkansas. It's not like I signed with Wyoming." Lefiti, who will be a junior next season and is being recruited by Arkansas assistant Roy Wittke, has been on the Razorback recruiting radar for about a month.

"That's when they first got in touch with me and they've let me know they are looking for someone like me who can get to the quarterback and can come in right away and play," Lefiti said. "My pass rush is my biggest thing."

Indeed Lefiti introduced himself to the quarterback on 11 occasions this past season and also had several hurries to go with his sacks. He ended the season with 65 tackles, second on a team that ended 3-7.

"I think my technique is pretty solid," Lefiti said. "I probably need to get better in the run game, but I can get to the quarterback."

Lefiti was born in Oahu and played his high school football for the Castle Knights, but he was just 6-3, 205 his senior season.

"I didn't really have any big offers and wanted to go to college somewhere on the mainland," Lefiti said. "I was suppose to end up at Pasadena College, but I have some relatives that love closer to Palomar and so I ended up going there so I could stay with them."

He played at 6-4, 230 his freshman season and was beefed up to 6-5, 240 now.

"I've grown up to be a pretty big old boy," said Lefiti, who had seven sacks and two fumble recoveries his freshman season.

Palomar is a school of over 30,000 students that is located near San Diego.

"We didn't do as well as I would have liked this season," Lefiti said. "I always think I can do better even when people are telling me I played great."

Might he be headed to Arkansas?

"I don't really want to say I have a leader right now, but Arkansas does have a lot of things going for it and I am anxious to get out there and check it out. Then we'll see."

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