Pleasantly Surprised

The Salt Lake City (UT) Cottonwood duo of offensive lineman Percy Taumoelau (6-6, 300) and defensive tackle Keni Kaufusi (6-2, 280) leave impressed with what they found at the University of Arkansas.

Both Percy Taumoelau and Keni Kaufusi got their first looks at the University of Arkansas this past weekend and it might well have been good enough for them to spend some extended time here on their next trip.

The Salt Lake (UT) Cottonwood duo both talked of sitting down with the families this week and possibly having a decision sooner than later.

Offensive lineman Taumoelau (6-6, 300) has visits scheduled to Utah and Washington State the next two weeks – at least at the moment.

"Arkansas is my leader," Taumoelau said on Sunday from the Dallas airport. "I really liked it there. I think what I am going to do is go home and talk with my family about what I want to do from here."

Defensive lineman Kaufusi (6-2, 280) is through with his visits and will make a decision between Arkansas and California.

"Basically I am going to decide here pretty quickly," Kaufusi said. "I told the (Razorback) coaches that I am just going to sleep on it, talk to my family and then either go to Arkansas or Cal."

Taumoelau was surprised at everything he found in Fayetteville.

"I really didn't know there was going to be so much to it, but it is a great place," Taumoelau said. "They have great facilities, the fans really support the school, I had a great time with the players."

He also was very pleased with what he found with the coaching staff.

"That is a bunch of great coaches who really no what they are doing," Taumoelau said. "They also have a lot of guys who have coached in Utah or know a lot of the same people I do, know my family. So that's a good thing."

Kaufusi also saw a lot of things that he liked on the visit.

"I didn't think it was going to be as exciting as it was," Kaufusi said. "They have a great stadium, a lot of great facilities and the community really backs the team. You could see that at the basketball game. They know who the recruits are and let them know how much they want them to come there."

Kaufusi knows Arkansas is trying to close out its class with a few solid defensive lineman.

"They talked to me about their need for a defensive lineman to come in and play right away," Kaufusi said. "They don't beat around the bush and I appreciate that. That's one of the big reasons I might come there."

Percy Taumoelau

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