Bruins Check Out Uluave

UCLA was out in Hawaii last week to see the newest invitee to The Opening, Honolulu Punahou offensive lineman Semisi Uluave...

It's one of the best years for talent in the state of Hawaii in some time, and on Sunday, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou offensive tackle Semisi Uluave (6-5, 320) became the third Hawaiian selected to The Opening, thanks to a sterling performance at the Oakland NFTC.

"This means everything to me," said Uluave. "I came over here to make a name for myself, to put Hawaii on the map and represent and to get an invitation to The Opening means so much."

It capped what had been a whirlwind week for Uluave.

Before he left Hawaii, a slew of schools came by to see him.

"Our spring ball started just last week," said Uluave. "We had Coach Chad (Kauha'aha'a) from Wisconsin, Coach (Mike) Tuiasosopo from UCLA, Coach (Andy) LaRussa from Colorado and Coach (Keith) Bhonapha from Washington. So we had a good turnout."

Then came unofficial visits to Cal and Stanford and finally the NFTC.

"I wanted to make the most of my time in California," said Uluave. "We had a good time with the visits and the camp. It was fun. It's not easy to get over here and it's not easy for the coaches to get over to me."

Uluave said the offers standing out to him were hometown Hawaii, Stanford, UCLA, Oregon, Wisconsin, Kansas and Nevada, while Vanderbilt and BYU could be close to offering.

"I'm not sure how many I have but I know I'm in double-digits," said Uluave. "It's been a lot of fun. We have a great program at Punahou that gets a lot of attention."

UCLA has signed a handful of players the last couple of years from Punahou including Isaako Savaiinaea, Kai'mi Fairbairn and Dalton Hilliard while targeting Uluave and Canton Kaumatule this year.

"Coach Tuiasosopo is the main one recruiting me for UCLA and he's a real cool guy," said Uluave. "And I've talked to Coach (Adrian) Klemm and he's a great line coach."

Klemm will be visiting Hawaii next week with plans to stop in at Punahou to see Uluave.

For Punahou, Uluave plays tackle, but at the NFTC, he played guard and center.

"Coaches like my versatility and they've talked to me for many positions," said Uluave. "I can play tackle, guard or center. Whatever they want me to play. Whatever my o-line coach in high school needs me to play, I play and whatever my o-line coach in college needs me to play, I'll play."

Uluave said he will take all five visits and decide late in the process.

"I'm wide open right now and I want to take all five visits," said Uluave. "Because it's not very easy for me to take unofficial visits, I want to be able to take all five trips."


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