Miki Suguturaga wrapped up his recruitment with a busy week that included stops at Vanderbilt and Utah before hopping on a flight back to the islands where he is set to announce his commitment on National Signing Day.
"It was great to be able to see a lot of family and just have a really enjoyable time at Utah," Suguturaga said. "They have a lot of Polynesian players there and, for me, that's a big thing because it's family. That connection would mean a lot to be able to fit into the program. It was something that stood out on the trip because a lot of us were Polynesian.
"It was a lot of fun seeing the guys from the Polynesian Bowl again and getting back in touch with them."
Vanderbilt landed a commitment from Hawaiian linebacker Feleti Afemui over the weekend and Suguturaga said that was a cool thing to see given that they met earlier this month at the Polynesian Bowl.
"The school is very good academically and that's a program I would love to be a part of because coach (Derek) Mason is great," Suguturaga said. "I met up with Feleti out there and he committed, so it was cool to see and I'm happy for him that he's going to such a great school.
"I didn't visit BYU because there wasn't a lot of time to go out on a visit but I really like that program as well. With Hawaii, over the past few months visiting schools, there was that feeling that I could always come home to UH and it was a cool thing for me. I know a lot of the boys on that team and that's another reason why they're in there for me."
The options are there so now Suguturaga, the No. 2-rated defensive end in Hawaii for the 2017 class, will wait until Feb. 1 to disclose his choice.
"I'm going home to get some rest and really think about my options," Suguturaga said. "It's been a long two weeks so I'll just pray about it and make a decision."