Epanesa: Playoffs Over Recruiting

Sealii Epanesa is a 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive tackle from Honolulu (Hawai'i) 'Iolani, has been getting a great deal of attention from UCLA, but his coach told us Monday that the DT prospect is focusing on his high school season right now over recruiting...

Sealii Epanesa is a 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive tackle from Honolulu (Hawai'i) 'Iolani, and Scout.com spoke with Epanesa's coach for the Raiders, Wendell Look, about Epanesa's recruitment to the next level. Epanesa has scholarship offers from Washington, Colorado, Texas Tech, Oregon State and UCLA.

According to Look, his DT will be taking official visits to UCLA and Oregon State for sure. "Colorado is trying to set up a trip and Washington hasn't said when they want to bring him in (for a visit)," he said.

So with so many big bodies playing football on the islands right now, why does Epanesa stand out from the crowd? "I think it's his physicality and his size," Look said. "He's built like a natural nose tackle. He's strong and athletic and pretty mobile. He's a very well-rounded player. He's also very personable, very humble. He's been a monster around here for what he's been able to bring to this school."

Look said that Epanesa isn't really looking around too much at the recruiting process. They have a Division-II semifinal game against Lawrence Lagafuaina's 'Aiea team this Friday at Radford High. If they win that game, they'll play the winner of Kauai/Hawai'i Prep on Friday, December 4th at Aloha Stadium.

"He wants to take care of the season first," Look said of Epanesa. "Then he'll solidify his standing with everybody. He's pretty wide open. He's thought about it a little bit."

Look gave Scout a glimpse into what each of the schools Epanesa is looking to officially visit. "UCLA has done a great job in creating a great relationship between him and the staff," he said. Apparently Epanesa knows about Colorado through former Iolani standout Liloa Nobriga, who is a freshman inside linebacker for the Buffaloes, and he's been impressed with Oregon State and the job head coach Mike Riley has done there. And Washington came by recently to see Iolani play Word of Life and apparently liked what they saw. "They saw first-hand what he can do," Look added.

We'll have more from Sealii once the Raiders' season is complete.


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