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Kahuku (Hi.) S/LB Hirkley Latu has been a commit to BYU for quite some time, but earlier this week, he was in Seattle to check out Washington and see that the Husky football program had to offer...

"Oh yeah, it was a really great visit," Latu told Dawgman.com. "I really liked it a lot. The coaches were very welcoming and I loved the setting there. It's pretty amazing how close you are to the water and the mountains. It sorta reminded me of home a little bit.

"I have a great relationship with the coaches. They are good coaches and I talk to coach 'B' (Keith Bhonapha) a lot.

"I already knew him pretty well and I got to meet coach (Bob) Gregory and coach (Chris) Petersen dropped by and talked with me for a little while too."

Shortly after leaving Washington, Latu got more good news when his fourth Pac 12 offer rolled in.

"Washington hasn't offered yet, but earlier (Wednesday) I talked to the coaches from Oregon State and they said they liked me and were offering me," Latu noted. "Most schools like me as an athlete and I would prefer to stay at safety, but I know Washington is looking at me as a linebacker and that's fine. I just want to help my team any way that I can and if the coaches think I'll fit better there, I'm fine with that."

The last Kahuku player to play for Washington was DE Hau'oli Kikaha and the two also have something else in common...they were both committed to BYU early in the recruiting process and that is something that hasn't been lost on Latu.

"Well, since they haven't offered yet, it's not really something to think about too much yet, but if they do, yeah, it's pretty cool," Latu said. "I'm still committed to BYU, but I am thinking more and more about opening things up again and looking at some of these schools that have offered me."

In addition to his Oregon State offer, Latu currently holds three more Pac 12 offers -- California, Utah and Washington State -- to go along with the one he got quite a while ago from Brigham Young.

"We'll see what happens," Latu said. "I'm still open to listening to other schools, but I'm still committed to them, so it's just something I need to take my time with."

Latu, who is LDS, said he currently is undecided on whether he will take his mission after he graduates from high school next summer.

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