4-star ATH Sione Lund Knows UCLA Will Get Visit

Aug. 12 -- Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton athlete Sione Lund, a commit to Stanford, said UCLA will for sure get an official visit from him...

Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton athlete Sione Lund (6-0, 230) has been committed to Stanford since Thanksgiving weekend.


And if Lund gets admitted into Stanford, he's going to shut down his recruitment entirely.

But schools are still staying in touch with Lund, who just started the Stanford application, just in case.

"I'm pretty firm with my commitment to Stanford," said Lund.  "But I want to take some visits and see what's out there just in case.  Once my admission into Stanford is final and I get the results, I'll shut it down and call it good.  I'm just making sure I have a backup plan."

A handful of schools have been staying on Lund and he's visited a couple of them.

"There are definitely some schools out there keeping an eye on me," said Lund.  "USC, UCLA, Michigan, Nebraska and LSU."

But Lund said that it will be hard to beat the Cardinal.

"Really, it's hard to beat Stanford and everything they offer," said Lund.  "I've started on the application process and everything is in the process of being done and things are looking good."

Lund even transferred to the Waterford School in Salt Lake, a private school, for his academics, while staying at Brighton for football.

"Both schools have been totally cooperative of my schedule, so being at two schools hasn't been too bad," said Lund.  "They're both pretty flexible."

While Lund is doing everything he needs to for his admission into Stanford, the backup plan in place is to prevent any surprises.

"Like I said, I'm pretty firm with my commitment, but I do want to take some visits," said Lund.  "Everyone likes me as a power goal line back.  LSU is saying defense, but everyone else is saying the offensive side of the ball."

UCLA has been recruiting Lund for some time and he visited the Bruins in the spring.

"Coach KP (Kennedy Polamalu) and Coach Tui (Marques Tuiasosopo) always recruit me and hit me up," said Lund.  "I went there last spring and I loved it.  It's a good place.  Coach KP hit me up and said that they're looking for backs like me.  They changed up their offense so they want bigger backs like I am."

USC was one of his more recent offers.

"Coach (Clay) Helton and Coach (John) Baxter are recruiting me to USC and they were my most recent offer," said Lund.  "I played with Osa Masina my freshman and sophomore year and he was just in town and he was talking about USC the whole time."

Michigan has been a constant in his recruitment during the spring and summer.

"Coach (Tony) Tuioti and Coach (Tyrone) Wheatley have been recruiting me and I know I'm going to get out there," said Lund.

And Nebraska has been picking it up with Lund.

"Coach (Reggie) Davis at Nebraska has been recruiting me and wants me to come visit," said Lund.

Lund said he knows two certain visits and two very likely trips.

"I know I'm going to obviously visit Stanford for sure and then I'll visit UCLA after the season, that's for sure too," said Lund.  "And the next ones will probably be to USC and Michigan.  I want to lock those in for sure too.  I'll probably take 3-4 visits."

Lund said he's starting to think more and more about serving his LDS mission after he graduates.

"I've been thinking about it a lot more, though I'm not totally positive, but it's coming in to the picture more lately," said Lund.  "It may be weighing towards that, leaning towards serving a mission.  Every school that talks to me about being a mission guy, I let them know.  Most schools have been cool with it."

Stanford has long welcomed players who served missions immediately or even after enrolling.  One is Lund's close friend and former Brighton teammate, Simi Fehoko.

"Every kid from Utah that has gone to Stanford has gone on an LDS mission and there is nothing better than a school that supports that," said Lund.

Lund and his Brighton team will open their season against Herriman (Utah) on August 19.


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