Star in the Making

With older brother, Star Lotulelei, having been coached and built up by current Wisconsin defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a, South Jordan (UT.) Bingham defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei is now on Wisconsin's 2013 radar.

MADISON - One of Coach Gary Andersen's first hires for his staff was Utah defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a, who has strong Polynesian ties to Utah and Hawaii. Kauha'aha'a had been recruiting South Jordan (UT.) Bingham defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei at Utah but now that Kauha'aha'a is at Wisconsin, what could that possibly mean for the Badgers?

"I think with Coach Andersen and Coach Chad Kauha'aha'a going there, that is probably something he would like to do," Lotulelei's father, Star Sr., told Badger Nation. "Coach Chad coached my older son in Star, so Lowell knew him very well. Coach Andersen is a friend of the family and knows the family very well, too.

"I think Wisconsin is a great program especially with the new coaching staff, so that is a strong possibility that he looks at the program. Wisconsin has a great football tradition and playing in the last few Rose Bowls. I could certainly see him visit if Wisconsin offered with the connection the family has with Coach Chad and Coach Andersen."

With Lotulelei still looking for the right fit, these three weeks before national signing day will be busy for the three star recruit – ranked the No. 34 defensive tackle in the country by Wanting to visit BYU, Oregon State, Utah and Utah State, Lotulelei was also invited to take an official visit to Washington, which his family is still discussing.

"UCLA, California, Oregon, Utah and Washington have offered him from the PAC 12," Star Sr. said. "Oregon shown interest all throughout, but I don't think they offered. I know that Auburn, Notre Dame, Alabama were interested in Lowell, but they didn't continue recruiting him because they all thought he was just going to stay close to home. He will probably firm up soon where he wants to visit the rest of the month and make his decision the first week of February.'

Kauha'aha'a coached Lowell's older brother, Star Lotulelei, for two years at Utah and created a strong bond with him and his family. The Lotuleleis also knows Andersen with him recruiting Star during high school.

"Both Coach Andersen and Coach Chad have been here several years that is how we know them and connected to them," Star Sr. said. "It really comes down to Lowell's choice and what he feels about the program. The coaches, the opportunity to play are factors he has to look at. (Distance) is not the main thing. The main thing is where Lowell wants to play and where the opportunity for success is for him. I just want him to be happy and enjoy where he plays at."

At 6-2 and 300 pounds, Lotulelei understands what it means being successful and competing at the college rank with his older brother looking to be a first round NFL draft pick.

"Lowell has gone off with Star to train and I know that they are very close," Star Sr. said. "I know that Star has helped with a few things, but not a whole lot. Lowell wants to go make his own way of playing because they have different strengths, talent and size. When Star goes onto the NFL, I am certain he will help Lowell a whole lot more simply because they both play the same position. He helps Lowell with any questions, but certainly wants him to grow into the game and work hard. Star is very supportive of Lowell."

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