Kaumatule Plans To Visit Eugene This Fall

As a member of Honolulu (HI) Punahou School's dynamic bookend duo along the the defensive line, four-star defensive end Luke Kaumatule is poised to wreak havoc on opposing offensive tackles this season with teammate, DeForest Buckner.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"Yup...I have an offer. I just met the defensive line coach (Jerry Azzinaro)...he came down and watched our practice."

How long ago did coach Azz come and visit you?

"Like two weeks ago...he was there to watch practice."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?

"I've had a couple of e-mails here and there and I've had a lot of mail come in to my house and stuff."

Was the visit to your school by coach Azz the first visit you've had with an Oregon coach?

"Yeah that was, that was my first...when the coaches were allowed to call, he gave me a call on my dad's phone and then my dad gave me the phone and I talked to coach Azz."

Since his visit to your school, have you had any further interactions with coach Azz?

"No, not really because I just finished school yesterday and I've just kind been focusing on my final exams but now I'm starting to get back in to the recruiting process and call back coaches and stuff. Recently, I've just been studying up for school and trying to focus."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"It's definitely top five. They're the number one school in the Pac-12, so I'm looking forward to visiting there for an official."

What would you say your top five is at this point?

"Schools that would be in the top five are: Oregon, Stanford, Cal, UCLA...I don't know, I'm just open-minded to whatever comes along."

Have you set up anything specific with regard to an official visit to Oregon yet?

"No I haven't."

What is it about Oregon that has you so interested in the school?

"I hear that they're one of the top schools in business and they got the number one Nike stuff over there and their jerseys always change."

You're a teammate of DeForest Buckner. Have you two discussed playing together at the next level?

"We kind of want to go to the same school, but we kind of tell each other that whatever we feel is the best for us is what we'll do. It would be awesome to play together on the college level, but whatever happens, happens."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I'm humble off the field. On the field, I'm a different person I guess. I think that goes for DeForest too; we're both kind of the same. I just like to speed rush. I don't really like to bull rush, but if I have to bull rush, I'll bull rush; speed rush is my main thing though."

Has coach Azz specified which position along the defensive line he would like to play you?

"Yeah, he told me I'd be a rush end and then in goal line situations he'll put me inside."

Is there a player at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?

"Two actually. Haloti Ngata and (Tyson) Alualu."

What are you looking for in a program?

"School is my number one; education and where I can go after football with my degree. Another thing is just the environment of the place and the people around -- I want to surround myself with good people."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?

"I think I want to study somewhere in engineering, but I'm still undecided. I don't know yet."

What offers do you currently hold from other schools?

"Stanford, Cal, UCLA, Colorado, Washington State and Washington, Oregon State and Arizona...I'm wide open."

As far as camps and unofficial visits go, where have you been and where do you plan on going?

"I had to go to California to visit my family and on the way there, I got an e-mail from Stanford and they told me that if I could that I should go visit Stanford. So I had one visit to Stanford and I visited Hawaii because it's here...those are the only colleges I've visited so far. This summer, I can't go anywhere this summer because I have to take some other classes during the summer so I can take some AP classes next year because I didn't take biology my freshman year. They told me I have to take it in order to take AP (courses). So summer I'll stay (in Hawaii) and just train."

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