Ioane Gauta, a 6-foot-3, 302-pound defensive tackle currently playing at Fullerton (Calif.) Community College, took his official visit to Kansas State during the weekend. It was the Anaheim-native's first trip to the Sunflower State. He was paired with a Kansas State family with California roots.
"I spent my first night [in Manhattan] with the Godinets," said Ioane Gauta. "The father, Randall, was a player at Kansas State in the '80s. His son, Taylor, is playing there now. He was my player/host. It was nice to be welcomed that way into a nice family environment."
Taylor Godinet, a redshirt freshman, is originally from Oceanside, Calif. He is a cousin of teammate, Ian Seau of Carlsbad. Godinet took Gauta around to get him familiarized with the university.
"I loved the city of Manhattan," said Gauta. "It's a close knit community. People were very friendly and supportive. The campus is pretty unique from the others I've seen. The buildings are set up a little differently. Everything's in walking distance. It's very convenient."
Guata, who played at Valencia High School before going the Junior College route at Fullerton College, is recruited to Kansas State by Mo Latimore. He had a chance to meet with the coaching staff on the visit to hear how they'd utilize his talents on the gridiron if he chooses to become a Wildcat.
"It was great to meet Bill Snyder," said Gauta. "I liked all of the coaches. My recruiting coach would also be my position coach [at Kansas State]. They said they had two seniors leaving this year and are looking to fill those spots. Their biggest needs are on the interior line on defense and at offensive tackle. They told me they're hoping I come in to help improve depth on the line for next season."
Gauta has stated he is looking for a program where he has good relationships with not just the coaches, but also the current players. He was able to speak with a few of them during the course of the visit.
"They told it's real what the coaches are telling me about the program," said Guata, "but it's hard work. They said if I wanted to go to a school that's going to push me to work hard and get the most out of my potential, Kansas State would be that school."
Gauta plans to travel to Indiana University next weekend and later to the University of Hawaii. He says after the visits he'll be ready to make his decision. The trip to Manhattan left a good impression and has given him something to think about when decision time comes.
"It was awesome," Gauta said of the Kansas State visit. "I loved everything about it."
Gauta played the one-technique on the defensive line. He finished the season with 22 tackles and two sacks in eight games. He'll have two years of eligibility remaining when he gets to his Division 1 destination in 2012.
Guata: 'I Loved Manhattan'
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