Su'a-Filo Talks West Coast Trip

Provo (Utah) Timpview offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo, one of the top tackles nationally, talks about his trip to the West Coast last week and gives his latest top seven...

Provo (Utah) Timpview offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo (6-4.5, 280) took a West Coast trip last week, and the Utah native was plenty impressed with the Golden State.

"It was an awesome time out there. I know they have great weather during the summer and it was just real nice," said Su'a-Filo.

But it wasn't a vacation for Su'a-Filo, it was a business trip, in the sense that he took in unofficial visits to three of his top seven schools, camping at two of them.

"I took an unofficial visit to UCLA but didn't camp there, and I camped at Stanford and USC," said Su'a-Filo. "Me and my good friend John Martinez went out there to check out the schools and to compete and represent Utah."

The trip started in Los Angeles, with Su'a-Filo and Martinez taking the unofficial visit to UCLA.

"I was blown away by the campus. It was really beautiful," said Su'a-Filo. "Coach (Norm) Chow was our host on the trip and he, Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and Coach (Bob) Palcic, the offensive line coach, they showed us around. Coach Chow is someone I've known about for a long time and he's been recruiting me hard. He and the coaches were just telling us they need offensive lineman and we'd be good additions."

Then Su'a-Filo flew up to the Bay Area where he took part in Stanford's camp.

"I worked out for the first session in shells and then Coach (Jim) Harbaugh spent the second session showing us around the campus and just talking with us," said Su'a-Filo. "The night before, we hung out and they had a luau at the camp and we just kicked back and talked with the players and other recruits. Stanford was a cool place."

Finally, they ended up back in Southern California, where Su'a-Filo took in two days of USC's camp.

"The USC camp was really competitive and I felt I did real well. I know the coaches there like me a lot and so I wanted to represent Utah. They have a guy from Utah, Stanley Havili so me and John had to show what we could do for Utah."

Su'a-Filo also had a chance to measure himself against some of the top prospects in the country there.

"I went up against ('s #1-ranked defensive end) Devon Kennard and we had some good battles. James Boyd also was a really good player I went up against. And Chris Martin (a top 2010 prospect), also was really good. The camp definitely made me raise up my game," said Su'a-Filo.

Su'a-Filo isn't done with camps, he's got one more left.

"In two weeks, I'm going down to LSU for their camp and then that's my last one. Then it's time to start focusing on my season. I've got two rings and I want a third one bad. This is my senior year, this is the most important year and that's what I need to focus on," said Su'a-Filo.

It's that focus that is helping Su'a-Filo rethink his decision timeline and visit dates.

"At first, I wanted to take my official visits during the season, but the coaches tell me that when you do that, you only get to spend a day really with them because they have to focus on their game. Coach (Les) Miles told me that if I came down to LSU, I shouldn't leave on a Sunday, but come down so I can stay the full time so they could spend more time with me," said Su'a-Filo.

He does, however, plan to take in some BYU and Utah games this fall.

"Those are easy to get to because they're close by," said Su'a-Filo. "Coach (Bronco) Mendenhall is doing an awesome job with BYU and I'll be able to go see them play since they're close to my house."

The hometown Cougars are definitely in the mix for Sua-Filo, being one of his top seven programs.

"They're in no particular order, but my top schools are LSU, Miami, BYU, UCLA, USC, Stanford and Utah," said Su'a-Filo. "I'm completely wide open. I don't really have any favorite right now."

And Su'a-Filo is in no rush to decide.

"I'll probably decide closer to Signing Day, but I definitely want to take my five trips. I don't know if I'll visit BYU officially because I've been up there so many times. I might try to take them all to the out-of-state schools. But I want to take all of them."

An excellent student, Su'a-Filo has a 3.5 GPA and received a qualifying score on he ACT.

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