Beavs do battle with UW for Hawaiian DT

OREGON STATE HAS had two in-home visits with Semisi Tokolahi, not too small a thing when you consider that he's from Hilo, Hawaii and that means the Beavers traveled out to the Islands on two different occasions to sit down with the d-tackle over the 20 day in-home visit period in December. The defensive player of the year in his league talks recruiting, OSU, official visits and more.

DT Semisi Tokolahi, (6-3, 290)   
Hilo, Hawaii; Hilo High

Where he is in his recruiting process:
"I've never been to the mainland. And I give respect to these coaches, being a coach is not easy. And recruiting nowadays, it's tough. As for my decision making, I've never been to the mainland, I've committed verbally to UW but I want to see what these other colleges have to offer," said Tokolahi.

General thought on Oregon State:
"Their having two coaches come over showed me how much they cared, that they invested that money and time in visiting me," said Tokolahi.

General thought on Washington:
"Washington, there's a lot of history behind coach (Steve) Sarkisian. Even though Washington was doing bad last year, when Sarkisian comes in, it would give me a better chance of playing because it's a new program and a better foundation as well," said Tokolahi.

General thought on Washington State:
"Washington State, I love that it's a smaller school and that they're on me on academics. And they invested all that money in coming down here and visiting me as well," said Tokolahi.

On the in-home visits in December:
"Oregon State, I had two different coaches come down in a short period of time...Washington State came down two different times. Coach (Rich) Rasmussen. He's a very good guy, I've heard a lot of great things from him...(UW assistant) Johnny Nansen, the first time he came out was last year when he was at Idaho...and he's come out once since (December)," said Tokolahi.

Depth chart:
"Washington State told me I could play early. So did UW. I haven't had a chance to hear it from the other two," said Tokolahi.

The book on Tokolahi:
"They've said I have a great motor. When I hit that pile, it moves. The trenches are the best place to play, I love the trenches because it's a non-stop nasty place," said Tokolahi.

On WSU and academics:
"They're about school, too. And I like that, you don't just go to school to play football, you go there academically," said Tokolahi.

Visit dates:
Tokolahi said he will officially visit Oregon State on Jan. 16, heading to WSU the week prior on Jan. 9, go to Washington on Jan. 23 and take a trip to Colorado on Jan. 30.


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