Four-star wide out Chase Cota made the drive up Interstate-5 from Medford to take in the victory. Four-star athlete Talanoa Hufanga didn't have quite as far as a drive as Cota; he made a short 10-minute drive down Highway-20 from his Albany home to the friendly confines of Reser Stadium.
"It was great to be able to see everything again and take in a win at Reser," Hufanga told BeaverBlitz. "I'm already really familiar with the program as my older brother (T.J.) played there before."
Hufanga walked us through his day on campus. "I got there early and did the whole recruit thing where they kind of show you around. The first place they took us was the new locker room and football center. Man, it is live in there! I mean, I had been in there before, in the old ones, but the new one... I really like the updates they made, it is really nice what they have done."
Following his time in Valley Football Center, Talanoa was given a tour around some of the other athletic facilities that surround Reser Stadium before being brought back into Valley to meet with some of the other recruits on hand and coaches.
"I got to meet some of the other recruits there and then was able to get caught up with the coaches as they were getting ready. Coach Odum, Coach Andersen, Coach Brent Brennan, Coach Woods, who's my area recruiter, and then Coach McGiven and Moevao. I really think I talked with all of them. With my brother, I've really been around Oregon State for a long time, so I've gotten to know all the coaches really well."
The relationship with the coaching staff is a big draw for Hufanga to Oregon State. While the familial ties to Beaver Nation are strong with Talanoa, he is in no hurry to make a decision and commit to a school. With offers already from ASU, BYU, Oregon, OSU, UCLA, Utah & Washington State, he would like to keep his options open.
"I'm not committing until after my senior year of football. I'm really trying to keep my options open at this point to any of the schools that want to recruit me. I just have so much time to make a decision that I don't want to rush into anything."
"Overall, I had a great time. The team got the win and that was really cool to see some of my friends playing out there," Hufanga said in closing.
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