Tukuafu Surprises Lousi During Visit

San Mateo (Calif.) OT Haniteli Lousi recaps his successful visit to Oregon this past weekend and gives an update on when he could be making a decision.

Haniteli Lousi is a 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive tackle from the College of San Mateo. Lousi has 12 offers according to Scout.com including six from the Pac-12 alone.

One look at his highlights shows how effective he is in CSM's offense. He uses his strong frame to gain leverage on his opponent quickly and drive them backwards to open up holes for ground attack, often driving them into the ground.

Lousi has been in contact with Oregon for about a month after his coaches sent in his film. For the past three weeks he has been getting to know offensive line coach Steve Greatwood and got to meet him in person when he visited Eugene this past weekend for the Civil War.

"He's a good coach," Lousi said. "I like the way he coaches his players. I feel like it was very comfortable being there because it's similar to how the coaches coach at CSM. It was nothing new when I went up there."

On the trip, Lousi took in the Oregon facilities and came away impressed.

"It was very cool," Lousi said. "I've seen videos on the internet, but it's another thing to actually be there and see it for yourself. Just seeing all the weight rooms, and the physical therapy center, and all that stuff, it was actually really cool to be there in person."

As for the game itself, Lousi said that type of experience was a first for him. After the game, he witnessed the celebration in the locker room after the Ducks escaped with a 36-35 win over Oregon State.

"It was my first time being in a stadium that big with that many fans in it," Lousi said. "It was very crazy to be there to see the warmups and stuff. The game was very good, all the way to the end. I like how the fans stuck in there from the start."

Lousi's host for his visit was offensive tackle Hamani Stevens. He praised Stevens for taking care of him on the trip and developed a friendship with him. But, the highlight for Lousi may have been meeting Stevens' friend: NFL defensive end, and former Duck, Will Tukuafu, who shared his experiences at Oregon with him.

"I guess they were planning on hanging out after the game," Lousi said. "I didn't know. So when we were going to Will's place, I was shocked to him there. It was pretty crazy."

Washington, Washington State, Florida and Texas Tech are all in the mix with Oregon for Lousi. But, where does Oregon factor in the pecking order after the visit?

"Right now, I'd have to say they're number one," Lousi said. "They are my top choice right now."

He said that he may visit Washington and Florida soon, but nothing has been finalized. In fact, depending on his gut feeling, an actual decision could be in Lousi's near-future according to him.

"I feel like it's going to be coming up soon," Lousi said.


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