LB Savaiinaea Ready to Set ND Official

Punahou School (Honolulu) linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea said he remains committed to Stanford but he is looking at five official visits. He told IrishEyes.com he has a visit date to Notre Dame in mind.

Punahou School (Honolulu) linebacker Isaac Savaiinaea said he remains committed to Stanford, but he is also looking at making official visits to other schools to ensure his decision was correct.

And one of the programs he plans on visiting is Notre Dame, where he is eyeing a trip for the Oct. 13 game against Stanford. But don't think he is making the journey to see the Cardinal because Savaiinaea said his interest in the Irish is genuine, and he added he is making trips to Texas A&M (Sept. 29), UCLA (after the season) and Florida (undetermined) as well as Stanford.

"I'm still committed to Stanford," he said. "I don't know what happened with that. I just said I was leaving my options open and I wanted to see every school and take all my visits. I'm still committed to Stanford."

Savaiinaea, who is 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, is planning on calling the Irish staff to finalize visit plans.

"Communication has been lacking recently because I've been so busy," he said. "We just finished camp and we have two-a-days. Hopefully, I will probably give them a call (Thursday) and talk more about officials, but we'll see that happen.

"I was thinking about going out for the Notre Dame-Stanford game. That is one of the times we have a bye, but we'll see."

The Irish had success recruiting Punahou in the past as receiver Roby Toma and linebacker Manti Te'o each played there.

"They have a great program. They have great history," Savaiinaea said. "When you think of Notre Dame, you think they're a top-notch football school. I talked a little with Manti and Roby about it. They love the place. I even talked with a couple of my coaches who have gone out there to watch some of the games.

"They love the campus, everything is beautiful there. I just want to go see if for myself."

When it comes to an ultimate decision, Savaiinaea said academics are more important than football.

"Academics are a major thing," he said. "My priorities are family, school and then football. Without education, you really can't anywhere in life."


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