"I really like the campus," Finau said. "I grew up in Washington my whole life, but I hadn't really seen the campus. I really liked the area, how urban it is."
Hauoli Jamora was Finau's player-host on his visit. "The players on the team were very welcoming. They were very warm to us, they made us feel like we were part of the team. We talked about football and how the coaches are really good. (Jamora) also talked about how good the academic support is, how Washington was the first school to have a place for student-athlete academic support. It feels like it's almost impossible to fail with all the support and tutors they have. They really care, and the coaches, they pop into classes. They want us to succeed."
Finau talked about hanging out with the other in-state verbal commitments like it was Old Home Week. "It was great, awesome. Seeing guys like Austin (Seferian-Jenkins) and my cousin Tani (Tupou)…we're great friends," he said. "And one of our (Marysville-Pilchuck) former rivals (Stanwood), there's Dexter (Charles). He's great, really cool. Connor Cree, I'm close with him, and there's Kasen (Williams) too. And Jamaal Jones…we all just bonded.
"It's like we've been teammates this whole time. We didn't need to break the ice."
Scout.com has Finau rated as the No. 36 tight end in the country, but the Huskies have other plans for him.
"Well, the first few camps, it was tight end, and then later it was defensive end and linebacker," Finau said. "And finally I asked (Washington) coach (Mike) Cox, and he told me SAM linebacker. It's a mix of defensive end and linebacker."
Finau is ready to compete from the get-go. "Even if it's long snapper, it's an opportunity to play," he said. He is on track to enroll right before spring football, and that should help give him a leg up on the competition.
The only remaining question was whether or not he plans on taking any other official visits before signing in February. Finau's answer was straight to the point.
"No, sir," he said, matter-of-factly. "This is my only official visit. It's only strengthened my decision. It was the little things…they treated my parents great and treated all the guys there equally."
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