RECRUITING: Decision near for Ahmu, two on top

IT'S BEEN A busy couple of weeks for defensive tackle <b>Fevaea'i Ahmu</b>. He's had a number in-home visits of late and taken an official visit each of the last two weekends. With all five trips in the books, two schools have now risen to the top. The San Diego wrecking ball also has a feeling on when he might pull the trigger -- Soon. Very soon.

It's Washington State and Oregon locked in a battle for four-star defensive lineman Fevaea'i Ahmu, with Colorado and San Diego State each now fighting to make up ground.

The recruiting process for Ahmu is nearly over and he can see the finish line in sight. CF.C talked to the dominating defensive tackle out of San Diego a few minutes after he returned from his weekend trip to Eugene.

"Washington State and Oregon are definitely the two on top right now," Ahmu told on Sunday evening.

The 6-0, 290-pound Ahmu also said San Diego State and Colorado aren't out of it yet. He'd pretty much eliminated Colorado last week but after speaking with the Buffs coaches, decided to keep them under consideration.

"I'm taking into consideration SDSU... Coach Wilson (Colorado) is probably going to come by and you know, I just want to give everyone a chance."

Throughout the recruiting season, Ahmu and his family have charted the various schools, comparing each school's strengths with one another. He has one more chart to finalize -- in all likelihood that will take place this week.

"I'm going to put up a chart up soon on the positives and the negatives, just to give every team a chance (in my mind)."

Ahmu will have in-home visits with coaches from at least three schools this week -- Washington State, Colorado and Oregon. Coach Mike Walker is coming down for the Cougs and coach Steve Greatwood will make the trip from Oregon.

"Colorado is coming tomorrow and coach 'Wood is coming on Tuesday. Coach Walker from Washington State is coming on Wednesday."

After Wednesday, Ahmu and his family will put up the chart and make a decision.

"Probably Thursday, probably Thursday I'll have a decision."

ON HIS TRIP to Oregon, Ahmu was delayed for several hours due to fog -- and then his flight was cancelled. He ended up stuck in the airport for about six hours, eventually having to re-route to Portland with an Oregon coach then driving him to Eugene. But Ahmu still enjoyed his visit to UO.

"It went very well except for the flight trouble I had... But it went very well after that," laughed the always upbeat Ahmu.

Ahmu said some of the highlights were having breakfast at coach Mike Bellotti's house, seeing the locker room and hanging out with some of the Polynesian players, such as Thor Pili and David Faaeteete.

"I didn't get to meet all the rest of the players because it's about to be (Christmas break). I had a good meeting with coach 'Wood...I liked the locker rooms, you know about the locker rooms," laughed Ahmu. "I liked the equipment too....It was real cool looking at all that stuff."

AFTER HIS APPLE CUP visit in late November, Ahmu told CF.C one of the things he really liked about Washington State was what all coach Walker brings to the table. The experience of Walker and how much Ahmu thinks he can learn from the former defensive line standout could be one of the factors that puts WSU over the top.

"Coach Walker is definitely a positive there -- his playing defensive tackle (in college and the pros.) It really seems like he knows the game."

Defensive coordinator Robb Akey and coach Bill Doba also each made a strong impression on Ahmu.

"And coach Akey, he's high tempo and he's excited about me."

"Coach Doba, he's real calm, collective and a fun going guy. It just seems like he'll take care of me if I go there."

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