Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou offensive tackle Semisi Uluave (6-5, 320) has two official visits set for the next two weekends and is trying to set one more for the end of the month.
Uluave has nailed down Signing Day for his announcement.
“I’m going to announce on Signing Day at the PIAA ceremony,” said Uluave, the same venue that former Punahou players Manti Te’o and Isaako Savaiinaea previously announced.
Uluave visited Oregon during the fall and will be back to the mainland the next two weekends, and if it works out, the next three.
“I’m for sure visiting Texas Tech this upcoming weekend and then UCLA the next weekend,” said Uluave. “And I’m trying to schedule something the last weekend with Cal. So far, Oregon, is the only one I’ve taken.”
He’ll also have in-home visits starting next week.
“Coach (Steve) Greatwood from Oregon is going to come in later this month and Coach (Mark) Helfrich might be coming with him, but he had a full plate (during the last cycle),” said Uluave. “Coach (Adrian) Klemm from UCLA is going to come and hopefully Coach (Jim) Mora is going to be able to come with him because it would be awesome to have Coach Mora come. And I’m trying to get an in-home with Coach (Pierre) Ingram from Cal. I’m not sure when Texas Tech will come.”
Uluave said UCLA still sits well with him, but that Oregon and Texas Tech are still very much in the mix.
All are working on pitches of some sort.
“I don’t know who I would say is recruiting me the hardest, but I’d probably say it’s a tie between Fred and Canton,” said Uluave. “Fred is a really good friend of mine and always talking up UCLA and Canton, now that he’s already there at Oregon, is super active on SnapChat, sending me videos. Breiden isn’t the type to really pressure me but he’s still telling me about Texas Tech.”
Savaiinaea, another former teammate, is also doing his part for the Bruins.
“Isaac has helped me along the way, just with life off the field and academically and he’s been helpful, like an older brother,” said Uluave. “And he talks up UCLA too.”
Uluave said he’s still set on leaving to serve his LDS mission as soon as possible.
“As of now, I am really trying to leave after graduation,” said Uluave. “During the last couple of weeks of the school year, I’ll try to send in my papers and try to leave during the summer. I’ll sign in February and enroll in 2017. I’m pretty set on trying to leave as quickly as possible, so I could come back off the mission to have time in the summer to train and get back in the grind of things and then go to college.”
Uluave said he’s enjoyed the recruiting process and hasn’t let it overwhelm him.
“I look at it as the best type of stress anyone ever had,” said Uluave. “I have friends who worked hard, if not harder, and they were not heavily recruited. They have to apply and do the common apps, and that’s not a stress I have, applying for many schools, writing different kinds of apps. Signing Day will be a relief of stress but its been a good stress.”
Uluave said he may do track in the spring, but he’s also focused on the arts.
“I got the main male character in our school play, so that will keep me busy, but I’ll be lifting and running and memorizing lines,” said Uluave. “It’s awesome to do music and acting. I want to do it in college. I may not fully be committed to it in college because I will be fully committed to college, but I intend on keeping my musical side with me. I play the guitar and the ukulele. I just want to be a well-rounded student and athlete.”