Tuihalamaka gives Lincoln a "10"

There is still a need in the 2009 class for Nebraska. There is a need for another DT and the Huskers have set their sights on Sione Tuihalamaka. Tuihalamaka, from California, coming to visit Nebraska in January is a risky proposition. However, the Huskers rolled out the red carpet for their only, uncommitted visitor of the weekend and impressed him.

Nebraska brought Sione Tuihalamaka from Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra to Lincoln for an official visit. Tuihalamaka was already into his routine at home and said that the visit went well.

"I just got home and am at church right now," Tuihalamaka said. "Man, that trip was fun. I really loved the visit to Nebraska."

Tuihalamaka said that one of the things that he liked about Nebraska was how the coaches and the players were all like family. He really liked how close they were.

"It was just how they treated me and how the coaches treated their players. They treat them like family. Most of them get home sick and they get all together and chill.

"When I got there, we all just go together, hung out and chilled. We did all of that together until we finally got a chance to go and hang out on Saturday."

Another thing that stood out to Tuihalamaka was the facilities at Nebraska. The Huskers have one of the best setups in the nation and Tuihalamaka had never seen anything like it before.

"The facilities are great. Everyone wants those types of facilities. I guess that Nebraska and Oregon have some of the best facilities in the country. I have never seen a weight room like that."

Coming from California to Lincoln can be a little bit of a culture shock. However, Tuihalamaka came prepared mentally from the input his mother gave him before he left.

"Oh yeah, my mom said it was going to be cold before I left. It didn't bother me. The longest I was outside while I was there was 10 minutes."

This was the second official visit for Tuihalamaka. With two under his belt, he was able to come back and give a top grade to Nebraska and his experience on his official visit.

"I went to Arizona for an official visit in December the weekend before the dead period or before their bowl game. In comparison, Nebraska was a "10".

"I had a great time; it was a "10", yeah. I really can't think of anything that could have gone any better besides just wishing that is was closer to home."

The Nebraska staff paired Tuihalamaka up with two Polynesian players on the team over the course of the two days that he was there.

"Roy Helu was my host on the first day. On Saturday, I guess he had something going, so Quentin Toailoa was my host on Saturday.

"Everyone told me that when we went out together or were hanging out that we looked like cousins or brothers. He was cool."

Things are wrapping up quick for Tuihalamaka who now says that he will just take one more official visit instead of two and then make a decision.

"I am just going to go to Oregon and that's it. I am not going to take the visit to Washington. Oregon will be my last one and then I will make a decision."

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