Visinia Camping at Iowa

There's little doubt that Apa Visinia boasts the size to play major college football. The Kansas City area lineman is setting out to show coaches that he has the agility to do so. One of his stops will be Iowa.

Iowa is using two coaches to recruit Apa Visinia. There's plenty of him to go around.

Visinia, who also goes by Junior, tips the scales at 362 pounds and stands 6-foot-4. And, he can move.

"I'm getting different thoughts from different (college) coaches," Visinia said. "Some coaches see me as a 3-4 nose tackle. Some coaches think I look good as an offensive guard. Whatever a school wants me to play, I'll be happy to play it.

"For now, I'm listed as an offensive lineman. That's where my heart is."

Hawkeye assistants LeVar Woods and Bobby Kennedy are talking to the talented Polynesian.

"They both definitely want me to come down to camp," Visinia said. "They want me to come and kind of showcase my skills. They want to see me move around with the linemen.

"They're speaking pretty fondly of my film. They really love the way that I move on film. They just want to see that in person and then go from there."

Visinia will camp at Iowa in the middle of June. He also plans on camping at Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas State, Kansas and California.

The Hawkeyes stand out as one of the favorites for Grandview (MO) High lineman.

"Growing up, I loved Iowa," Visinia said. "Of all the neighboring schools, I always followed Iowa, especially because Tony Moeaki went there. He's a great guy. I met him at some Polynesian events in Kansas City."

Visinia's cousin, Damien Mama, is a four-star offensive tackle in the 2014 class. He plays at St. John Bosco in Bellflower, CA.

"He's one of those heavier-set offensive linemen," Visinia said with a laugh.

Mama is listed at 6-5, 340. That's around the weight at which Visinia would like to play.

"I'm getting down as we speak," he said. "At one point, I was 375 or something. I'd like to get down to 340 or 350. I think a few more pounds lighter and I'd be moving more swifter and be more agile."

Missouri State has offered a scholarship to Visinia. In addition to the schools at which he will camp, he said he's heard from Oregon State, Arkansas, Middle Tennessee and Tulsa.

Visinia came to the Kansas City area from California. He said he's adjusted well to the Midwest and wouldn't mind staying in the region for college.

"My parents wanted to get away from that fast life in California," Visinia said. "They wanted something a little bit slower and a little bit quieter to raise us around."

Visinia, who wants to study sports medicine, said academics will be the top factor in picking a school. After that, he wants a school and community that feels like family. He's going to take his time in finding that place.

"To be honest, I'm just going along with it and playing it by ear," he said. "I'm not really setting a timeline for myself. I'm just trying to give it my all and get better and if it takes until February signing day, that's OK."

In the end, Iowa could be the final destination.

"(The Hawkeyes) tend to play tough-nosed football," he said. "It definitely looks like a place that can fit me because I play that tough-nosed football as well."


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