Eletise Talks Pacific Northwest Visits

Over the weekend, Kaiser (Honolulu, Hi.) OL Michael Eletise, one of the top offensive line prospects in the west, took visits to Washington, Oregon and Oregon State. He recapped his visit and updated Dawgman.com on where he stands in the recruiting process...

"It was a great time," Eletise said on Monday night. "It was really eye-opening to see all of those schools and I am really happy I got to see three schools that are recruiting me."

On Thursday, Eletise and his parents made their trip to Corvallis to check out Oregon State.

"It was such a cool, small-town feel," Eletise noted. "You got that warm, homey feeling. I really liked it a lot.

"It was fun watching the coaches with the players and how they all had that family feel. The players and the coaches were both really welcoming to me and my family and they definitely made me feel at home there.

"I really liked what they are doing there. The new staff is going to do big things there. I really had a great time there."

Friday, the big offensive lineman and his family made the trek south to Eugene to meet with the Oregon coaches.

"It was amazing," Eletise said. "From the moment I got there, my mouth just dropped. Everything there is top-notch. The facilities, you always hear about them from everybody that you have to just go and see them to believe it, and honestly, I still can't believe how amazing they are.

"The more we saw the lower my jaw dropped. It was just amazing what they have done there and the stuff they have for their players.

"I got the chance to talk to the offensive line coach (Steve Greatwood) there and the other coaches too. They said they are evaluating me and close to offering me, but they just need to do a little more and there are some things I need to do as well."

Finally, on Saturday, Eletise headed to Seattle to visit Washington for their Junior Day and he said that his trip to Montlake was like the icing on the cake of a very good three-day trip.

"I loved every part of it," Eletise said. "The practice was intense, but it was fun. The coaches really interact well with the players there and you can tell they really care about them, both as players, but also as people.

"Coach (Chris) Petersen really wants his guys to have success on and off the field and he has high expectations of his guys.

"Their 'Built for Life' philosophy is integrated into everything they do and they take a lot care to make sure they focus on everything, including school and football.

"I met with the coaches for a while and also saw all of the facilities. They were really impressive too. It was the perfect end to my trip up there."

Now that he's returned home, Eletise and his family will sit down and continue to go through the positives and negatives of each school.

"I'm still sorta on my 'high' from the trip, so I am taking a couple of days to let things settle down before I start to think about things," Eletise admitted. "I need to do a plus and minus thing for each school and that will help me sort some things out.

"I want to visit the other schools that have offered me, so that I can get a feel for them too. I want to get out and see them this summer and then we'll start to see if I can narrow stuff down.

"It's really hard to narrow it down because each school has great things to offer and the coaches are all really great people."

Eletise did note that he is still looking to take at least a few of his official visits and hopes to make his decision either during or right after his senior season is completed.

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