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Three-star Defensive End Jordan Lolohea Talks Utah Official Visit, Previews Decision

Salt Lake City (Utah) East three-star defensive end Jordan Lolohea spoke to about his looming decision following his official visit to nearby Utah...

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Jordan Lolohea is getting the hats ready.

The three-star defensive end from Salt Lake City (Utah) East will announce his decision between BYUUtah and Washington on National Signing Day, with the Utes getting the chance to make the final impression this weekend on his official visit to campus.

"Even though it was a local school and just right around the corner, it was awesome being with the players," Lolohea told "It was really good for me. It does carry a little weight on me to stay in state, but I'm still deciding on that.

"I've been a fan of Utah since I was little. Their program is very consistent and they've got a great coach in coach (Kyle) Whittingham. You can't go wrong. I'll probably sit down (Monday) or the next day and hopefully have a feel. Right now, it's a toss up."

Lolohea, the No. 3-rated defensive end in the state of Utah for the 2017 class, previously visited the Cougars and Huskies, and said he would have hats for each of his suitors on the table when he signs on Feb. 1.

"With BYU, coach Kalani (Sitake) being family to me is big," Lolohea said. "Coach (Ilaisa) Tuiaki is great and also my brother and some of my other cousins go there, so it's just a feeling of what's most important to me. That's family and that feel is very strong there. I feel comfortable.

"At Washington, it's been pretty scary to think about going out of state but when I was there, I got a chance to connect with coach (Chris) Petersen and the other coaches on a deeper level. There is definitely that family feel there, too. I got to spend time with the players and spoke to me about how amazing Washington is. Even though some of them came from out of state, they feel that it was the best decision for them."

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound prospect intends to take his LDS mission straight out of high school, so he would be enrolling in his college of choice in the summer of 2019 after serving. Lolohea was credited with 98 total tackles, including 23 sacks, as a senior this past season, helping East to a 14-0 record and state title.

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