"I just got back from my official visit to Notre Dame, it was great," said Savaiinaea. "The campus was beautiful and student life was great. The game was amazing."
"At the beginning of the weekend I had a meeting with the linebacker's coach and I went through a team meeting and watched practice," said Savaiinaea. "I hung out with my host Lo Wood, it was fun."
The 6'3" 230lbs linebacker was in the awkward position of visiting a school while being verbally committed to their opponent. He talked about where things stand in recruiting.
"I am definitely still committed to Stanford, I am just trying to see where I fit best," said Savaiinaea. "At the end I will lay things out and pick the best place for me."
In addition to the Cardinal and Irish, Savaiinaea is taking a hard look at three other programs.
"I went to Texas A&M two weeks ago," said Savaiinaea. "They were just very welcoming; they made me feel like family right away. The fans are very dedicated to football. They have the "Midnight Yell", where 4,000 students come out to practice chants at midnight."
For any player from Hawaii, being far from home for college is almost a given. Playing away from home and possibly even off the West Coast is something that Savaiinaea has accepted.
"It was an issue before, but I am fine with it now," said Savaiinaea. "The last two visits have been far away, but I am getting used to it."
Savaiinaea is still enjoying the recruiting process, but acknowledged it's starting to take a toll.
"It's a blessing and a curse. You get to go visit these wonderful schools, but you miss a day of school and a day of practice," said Savaiinaea. "You don't have much time to study or anything when you are on visits, so time management has been hard. But it's a good challenge, once it's over I just want to rest."