Brandon Pili (Brandon Huffman)

3-star DT Pili Still Ironing Out Visit Plans

Nov. 30 -- Portland (Ore.) Westview defensive tackle Brandon Pili took his second official visit over the weekend and is still trying to lock in his last visit...

Portland (Ore.) Westview defensive tackle Brandon Pili made his second trip to a Pac-12 school for an official visit, checking out USC over the weekend.

And Pili was wowed by his time in the Southland.

"It was everything and more than I expected," said Pili.  "I had been to L.A. before, but just never had been to the USC campus.  The campus was nice. It's not too big but really nice.  And the Coliseum, it's really a nice, big place."

Pili was hosted by another Northwest native in Zach Banner and spent ample time with the other players, something that stood out to him.

"Zach was my host and he's a really cool guy," said Pili.  "And the team chemistry they have is great and something that I really noticed."

Pili also talked extensively with the Trojan coaches.

"I talked mostly with Coach KU (Kenechi Udeze) and Coach Johnny Nansen," said Pili.  "But then I got to talk with Coach (Clay) Helton a lot.  He's a cool guy and I like him.  If you were to get injured and couldn't play football anymore, Coach Helton said they would still pay for your scholarship and make sure you get your degree."

The facilities at USC caught his eye.

"Everything they have there is top of the line," said Pili.  "Their workout facilities, their gym, everything is nice."

After finishing his senior season at Westview, Pili moved back to his home in Anchorage, Alaska and will graduate from Diamond HS, where he played before moving to Oregon.

"I'm back in Alaska right now and I'm happy to be back here," said Pili.  "I missed my family and friends.  But I think moving to Oregon definitely helped me for when I go to college, just being away from them."

That means his in-home visits will be with his parents in Alaska.

"Coach Chad Kauha'aha'a from Oregon State is coming on Thursday and I'm not sure when the others will be," said Pili.

Pili has locked in visits with Washington for January 20th and plans to visit Mississippi the following weekend.

He already visited Oregon State and said either Colorado or UCLA will get his final visit.

"I'm still open and still considering Colorado and UCLA," said Pili.  "I'm just not sure which one I'll take my last visit to."

Pili said Angus McClure continues to recruit him for UCLA and could potentially visit for an in-home before the contact period ends in mid-December.

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