Top-Rated Hawaii OL Set To Visit UW

Kaiser (Honolulu, Hi.) OL Michael Eletise is emerging as one of the top offensive line prospects out west in the 2016 recruiting cycle. Washington offered early in the process and he told that he's formed a very solid relationship with Husky offensive line coach Chris Strausser...

"(Strausser) is the coach recruiting me, for the most part, for Washington," Eletise told "I talk to him pretty regularly and we talk about a lot of different stuff and I'm getting to know him pretty well.

"We talk about what he's looking for from his players and what type of attitude you need to bring with you. He talks about effort and drive and having a good motor and stuff like that. He's really big on you bringing that effort all the time, on every play, and that's really what he's looking for in the guys he has playing for him."

Eletise has quite a few offers to his name, including the one he has from the Huskies as well as offers from the likes of Arizona State, Arizona California, Colorado, Florida State, Hawaii, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Texas Tech, UCLA, Utah, Utah State and Washington State. He's made trips to a couple of his suitors and he will be in the Evergreen State to visit the Huskies and Cougars next month.

"I am for sure going to Washington for their Junior Day (April 18th)," Eletise said. "They invited me and I think it will be a great chance for me to get up there and see everything for myself and what they have to offer.

"I'm also planning to head over to Washington State, but I haven't set things up with them yet. I'm not sure if it will before I visit Washington or after I go to Washington, but I'm pretty sure I'll get over (to Pullman) on that same trip because it's pretty expensive to keep coming back."

One thing working in the Huskies' favor is that several family friends are big fans of the program.

"My (head) coach really is high on the Huskies and he likes their program and the coaching staff that's there," Eletise said. "I actually have a lot of family and friends who really like Seattle and the University of Washington, so that makes me really want to get up there and check out everything so I can see it for myself."

As far as what he'll be looking for when he makes his decision, Eletise has some criteria in mind.

"First thing is the academics and the support they give their players," Eletise said. "This is college. This is for your future and I think the support they give their players is really a big key.

"I also am going to look at the relationships the coaches have with the players. Are they close? Are they like a family? Stuff like that.

"The last thing would probably be my relationship with my (future) position coach. I have good relationships with several coaches, so that will be what I'm looking at too."

Eletise has not set a timeline for when he'd like to make his decision although he hopes to have recruiting wrapped up by the time he hits his Christmas vacation.

"I am not going to rush it, but I'd like to make it by the time my senior season is over or pretty quickly after that," Eletise said. "I'll narrow things down, set my (official) visits and then I'll hopefully be ready to decide after that."

Eletise plays tackle at Kaiser, but said pretty much every school wants to move him inside to guard.

"I like playing tackle a lot, but I love playing guard," Eletise said. "I love to go up against bigger guys. I think that's my strength. Out here in Hawaii, those defensive end guys are fast and small sometimes, so they are harder to handle, but I love going up against the big guys inside and being aggressive."

We will have more from Kaiser in the near future once he takes his visit to Montlake next month and will update news on him as it happens. Top Stories