Visit Making Decision Tougher for Savaiinaea

Isaac Saviinaea is committed to Stanford, but his official visit to Notre Dame is making the final decision more difficult for the linebacker from Honolulu's Punahou High.

Punahou High (Honolulu) linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea left his official visit to Notre Dame the same way he arrived: committed to Stanford but with his eyes open.

And the trip, according to Punahou coach Kali Ane, gave Savaiinaea plenty to think about.

"He had a great trip and the people were awesome," Ane said. "He enjoyed talking to the coaches and players and to see the tradition and the awesome environment. It was really nice. "It will definitely help him make a decision when he decides where he wants to go."

The Irish beat Stanford with a goal line stand in overtime, and it made for an unusual situation in which Savaiinaea was watching the team he is committed to lose to the program he was visiting.

"I think it was awkward," Ane said after discussing the visit with Savaiinaea. "He's looking at both schools, so that was something, but he knew going in that was happening."

The trip allowed Savaiinaea the opportunity not only to see Notre Dame, meet the coaches and learn more about the campus and the academics, but to catch up with a pair of former Punahou standouts.

Irish senior linebacker Manti Te'o and senior receiver Robby Toma both starred at Punahou, and they spoke to Savaiinaea about attending Notre Dame and what it is like to be so far from home.

"I got a couple of pictures that he took with Roby and Manti," Ane said. "They were catching up on things and he was seeing how comfortable they are and how much they're enjoying the school, and what it's meant for him. It really helps him see what's out there for him."

It was the second official visit Savaiinaea made. The other was to Texas A&M a few weeks ago. He is also planning visits to UCLA, Florida and Stanford.

"It was his first time visiting a school like (Texas A&M)," Ane said. "It was his first time meeting the people there and he enjoyed seeing what they're all about. It's been very beneficial for him to go and see different things and meet different people from different parts of the country.

"He was fired up about visiting schools, especially Notre Dame and all the things that go with it. It was a great game. We got to see it here and you couldn't leave the television."

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