Options Abound for Eselu

The glaring hole in Stanford's 2007 recruiting prospects today is at tight end. The Cardinal recently left the mainland to plug that gap by offering 6'3" Hawaii athlete Savai'i Eselu. Stanford has joined a crowded party, however, with Eselu already engaged with other offer schools and scheduled for several official visits. Who are his favorites, and where does he stand on Stanford? Read on.

Honolulu (Hawaii) Moanalua tight end Savai'i Eselu (6-3, 235) has returned home from his official visit to Oregon, and he left Eugene pretty high on the Ducks.

"It was cool man, real sweet," Eselu exclaims.  "The area was great.  The people all wearing their O's and their green, waving their UO flags - it was real cool."

Eselu was hosted by Fenuki Tupou while on his trip, and in spending time with the coaches, he felt a good connection with them.

"Coach Greatwood, Coach Crowton and Coach Belotti - they are all players coaches," Eselu offers.  "We went and checked out their facilities.  Those aren't even facilities; those are hotels.  We played Xbox on Sunday.  It was nice."

Next up for Eselu is a trip to Colorado.  Then he will visit Arizona on Thanksgiving weekend and San Diego State sometime in December.  Which creates a logjam for his fifth and final visit.

"Utah, Washington, Stanford and Cal - those are the last few schools I'm looking at," Eselu reports.

Stanford's recruitment of the Hawaiian athlete became serious when he recently received an offer from the Cardinal staff.

"I just got offered by Stanford not too long ago," Eselu says.  "I'll maybe trip there unofficially.  I have the application, and I'm sending it in.  It is a pretty big application.  It might be too late for me to take an official trip there."

Academically, Eselu has a 3.8 GPA and scored a 1500 on the SAT when he took it for the first time.

"I'm planning to retake it on December 2," he adds.

While he fills out his Stanford application, Eselu says his top four schools are Oregon, Colorado, San Diego State and Arizona.  Washington, Stanford, Utah and Cal are posturing for the fifth spot.

"That could change if Washington offers me.  They would be right up there," Eselu allows.  "I know that I'm getting off the island, though."

Eselu says that almost all of his interest is coming as a tight end, but some schools have broached the idea of him playing on the defensive line.

"Some like me as a defensive end or tackle, but I think they wouldn't mind having me as a tight end at the college level," he assesses.

Eselu is coming off a disappointing season for his team, when they went 2-6.  He had 14 receptions for 400 yards and a pair of touchdowns, to go with two sacks on defense.


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