Listen to Apa Visnia talk and it's little surprised that it wasn't going to take very long when picking a school to play college football.
On Wednesday, the Grandview (MO) offensive lineman committed to Charlie Weis and the Kansas Jayhawks, as part of an already impressive 2014 recruiting class. After a successful visit a couple of weeks ago, the impressions that Kansas had on Visinia were lasting and made the decision an easy one.
"The atmosphere at Kansas and the coaches made this one of the best decisions I've made in my life. The coaches are very tight and they make it feel like a family," Visinia said.
Recruited by schools such as Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Northern Illinois, Visinia credited Weis and his staff for the culture that they've worked hard to create and their humble ways which forms a bond between the staff and the players and their families.
At 6-4, 362 pounds, Visinia's size is very deceiving because of his quick footwork. Simply put, he can play the game and he fits the mold of what Weis and offensive line coach Tim Grunhard covet, Humble and quiet off the field, once on the field, Visinia transform and plays the game with a mean streak, traits that every offensive linemen Kansas has recruited under Weis shares.
After an official visit to Iowa, last week, it was back to Kansas for an unofficial visit at Kansas and after five hours, Visinia found himself sitting with his parents in Weis' office. It was there where he informed Weis and Grunhard that he would be joining the family. Truth is, there was no suspense. Visinia knew all along that Kansas would be home for him.
"Coach Weis gave me a hard time about making him wait, but it was all in good fun. He and Coach Grunhard celebrated and I knew this was the place for me. You're family, instanatly," Visinia said.
He felt that when he exited the office, as every member of the staff congratulated him on joining the Jayhawks, a move that validated everything Visinia noticed from day one.
Still, the main selling point was Weis, not for what he has accomplished in his career, but for the man he is.
"Coach Weis is a man of his word. He's very humble and has done it all, but he does it the right way," Visinia said. "He told me ‘I'd rather do things the right way than win a championship."
"Kansas is all about doing things the right way and I know I made the right choice. I'm very blessed."
On top of coaches, atmosphere and facilities, at the end of the day, Visinia will have the opportunity to play college football just 30 minutes from home.
"The biggest thing for me is having family nearby," Visinia said. "With them 30 minutes away, I can go home if I need to and my parents will be able to come watch me play whenever they want."
Visinia was expecting to make a decision at the end of the summer, but after his successful visit to KU, it was never going to take that long.
Now, with the decision behind him, he can just focus on being a high school kid, readying himself for a big senior year of football and fun last year of high school before he takes the next step in life.
"It's really big to be done with it." Visinia said of his decision. "There are some that are still stressing it. It's a blessing, because now I can work and finish these last two semesters strong and finish my senior year strong."