4-star OL Henry Bainivalu Taking His Time

Mar. 25 -- Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline offensive lineman Henry Bainivalu is in no hurry to make a decision and wants to take a few unofficial and official visits...

Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline offensive lineman Henry Bainivalu is one of the top linemen out West in what is a pretty strong year at the position.


Bainivalu will head down to Southern California this weekend to visit USC, the same school that former Skyline quarterback Max Browne is now battling for the starting job.

"We're flying down there on Friday and then on Saturday, we'll go to the school, watch them practice and spend time with the coaches," said Bainivalu.  "I'm hoping to see Max down there if I can and he's able to.  That would be fun."

The Trojans are one of 13 offers for Bainivalu, who also has offers from BYU, California, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Utah.

"Oklahoma State was my most recent offer," said Bainivalu.  "And Michigan is probably recruiting me the hardest of anyone.  I talk to Coach (Tim) Drevno a lot there."

Of course, hometown Washington is also prioritizing Bainivalu.

"I went up there about 2-3 weeks ago and met with the coaches and talked with them," said Bainivalu.  "Coach (Chris) Strausser is who is mainly recruiting me."

Not only are the Huskies emphasizing the importance of Bainivalu staying home, one of his coaches and teachers, a former Husky lineman, is also dropping hints on occasion.

"My D-Line coach and algebra teacher, Cameron Elisara, he went to UW and played there and he jokes with me about the Huskies, but he's actually really helpful," said Bainivalu.

And Bainivalu's head coach, Mat Taylor, has seen a number of Spartans go on to the next level and has been a big help in the process.

"Coach Taylor has been great and especially at making sure nothing goes over my head," said Bainivalu.  "He is a great resource to have."

Bainivalu said he wants to take at least three of his official visits, but isn't ruling out all five.

"I would like to take all five visits," said Bainivalu.  "You hear about other kids say its so hectic.  I want to see if I can take at least three, but maybe all five."

And Bainivalu has a good idea of which schools he'd like to visit.

"Oregon and Michigan, some further away ones and maybe one of the California schools, like maybe UCLA," said Bainivalu.

Bainivalu plays tackle for Skyline and schools say either tackle or guard is an option in college.

"I play right tackle, but it's up to coaches with where they want to put me," said Bainivalu.  "I'll play whatever they feel is best."

Bainivalu said a decision won't likely come until his season is complete.

"After I take my official visits, somewhere near the end of the season," said Bainivalu.  "I know I want take some visits during the season and then if I really want to, maybe take some after."

Bainivalu plans to camp at The Opening Seattle regional in May, but that will likely be his only camp in the spring.

He will take the SAT next month.

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