Trip Report - Paulay Asiata

Scout.com spoke Sunday with Paulay Asiata, a 6-foot-5, 297-pound offensive lineman from Honolulu, Hawai'i, and Asiata had just returned home from an official visit to the mainland - Washington, to be specific. It's his second trip to the contiguous 48, the first to the University of Arizona. He'll take one more trip, to Colorado, in January, but the Huskies made a strong case this weekend.

"It was real good," said Asiata. "It was a good experience. Just how open everyone was and the practice was really fast and intense."

And compared to his official visit to Arizona? "It was better than Arizona," he said, matter-of-factly. "They were more organized and everything fell into place."

Asiata's host was freshman defensive end Hauoli Jamora. Jamora also prepped in Hawaii, at Kahuku. "He said he loves it," Asiata said of his conversations with Jamora. "He said it was the only school where he felt he fit in. It felt like a family."

Johnny Nansen is the main contact for UW when it comes to recruiting the islands, but Asiata met all the other Husky coaches too on his visit. "I met the o-line coach (Dan Cozzetto)," he said. "He said they are coaching me up to be mobile at every position." He played guard for Darnell Arceneaux at St. Louis his senior season.

Asiata also talked about a conversation he had with Washington Head Coach Steve Sarkisian. "He talked to me about how I would fit in there, how it would be a good experience for me," he said.

Asiata told Scout that he wants to study either Kinesiology or Psychology in college. Did he get all his academic questions answered? "The lady who explained it was good," he said.

Overall, Asiata was thoroughly pleased with his trip. "I'd give it a 10," he said. He added that Washington is his top choice at this point in time. "It felt like home."

But things aren't settled yet. Does Asiata know when he'll make his college choice? "I really don't know yet," he said. "It's either between them (UW) or the other schools, Arizona and Colorado. I go to Colorado on January 21st."

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