2018 OT Rafiti Ghirmai (Gabe Brooks / SCOUT)

Scout 300 Offensive Tackle Rafiti Ghirmai Recaps Recent Trips to UCLA and Alabama

CEDAR HILL, Texas -- Scout caught up with 2018 four-star offensive tackle Rafiti Ghirmai, who recently visited UCLA and Alabama, at the UnderArmour Dallas camp.

Scout 300 four-star offensive tackle Rafiti Ghirmai holds numerous offers from across the country and recently visited UCLA and Alabama.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Ghirmai said he enjoyed his time visiting Westwood.

"UCLA was like a paradise, the environment and the weather and everything," said Ghirmai, the No. 3 offensive tackle in the state of Texas' 2018 class. "There was a lot of greenery and plants and stuff.

"I checked out their new facility that's getting built right now. It's not done right now, but they told me the aspects of what it's gonna look like, and it looks really nice. We toured the campus and had lunch and stuff and met with the coaches."

Ghirmai said he's developed a good rapport with offensive line coach Hank Fraley.

"I talk to other coaches, too," Ghirmai said, "but I'd say he's the best relationship I have at that school."


Ghirmai already has plans to visit UCLA again.

"I'm going to go to UCLA again in June. My cousin's graduating and she's from Los Angeles," he said, "so when I'm down there I'll probably take another visit."

Facilities were one key aspect that stood out to Ghirmai about his visit to Alabama.

"It was really nice. It's one of the best facilities in the world. It's huge. The dorms are huge. They were like a house to me," Ghirmai sad. "I met all the coaches. I saw some NFL guys who used to be at Alabama working out like Derrick Henry and stuff like that. Everyone was nice and the environment was really cool and chill."

Ghirmai said offensive line coach Brent Key and co-defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi recruit him for the Tide, but he got some face time with the head coach during his visit.

"Me and my mom and coach (Nick) Saban sat down and talked for like 40 minutes," he said, "just about the school and our lives and all that stuff."

Ghirmai said he's taking his time with his recruitment and will make more visits this offseason. He mentioned schools such as Michigan and Florida as programs he will visit. He also said he plans to visit Baylor in April.

"I'm hoping to do all my visits later in the spring and summer," Ghirmai said.

Stick with Scout as we continue to monitor Ghirmai's recruitment and development.

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