Huskies In Good Shape For Manu

A little over a month ago, Mililani (Hi.) DT Rex Manu was solidly committed to Stanford, however, his recruitment has opened up and he is now considering visits to several schools including the University of Washington...

"I opened things up at the beginning of September," Manu told recently. "I just wasn't happy with Stanford and the school there. I didn't like the campus and just felt like I was going to fit in there.

"You can get a good education and have a good experience at a lot of different schools, so I just decided to open things up and see what else is out there."

One school that has made a move on Manu by staying in constant contact is Washington and he said he plans to visit Seattle before the end of the season.

"When my season is over and when they have a home game, that'll probably be when I visit," Manu said. "If that doesn't work out, it will probably be in December sometime.

"Coach (Keith) Bhonapha talks to me all the time and I feel pretty good about Washington. They like me inside at a tackle spot, but they like my aggressiveness and my athleticism for a guy my size."

Manu also mentioned the rest of the Husky staff and the Polynesian community as a reason why he is interested in Washington.

"I like how many Poly players they have there. It's great to have guys that come from the same background I do and they know what it's like to be away from your home and stuff. That's a good thing," Manu said. "I also really like coach (Chris) Petersen and the way he does things. He's a smart coach and the players like playing for him."

As far as where Washington stands on his list of interests, he puts the Huskies right near the top along with a couple of other schools.

"Oregon is my top school right now, but that's mostly because I just visited them (September 6th)," Manu noted. "Washington is right up there and Washington State too.

"I'm also really interested in Vanderbilt and Colorado and there are a couple more that I am looking at, but those are the main ones."

Manu has posted over 40 tackles and nine sacks so far this season for the 8-0 Trojans.

We will have more on Manu's recruitment in the coming weeks as he begins to set up more visits.

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