Huskies Lead For 2018 Utah DT

2018 East (Salt Lake City, Ut.) OL/DL Sam Vakalahi has seen his stock rise steadily since the end of his junior season and he told recently that the Huskies are his current favorite...

"(Washington) is my favorite right now," Vakalahi said. "I've formed a great relationship with coach (Ikaika) Malloe and coach Pete (Pete Kwiatkowski). Every time they came down to see (Husky signee) Jordan (Lolohea), I got a chance to talk to them and they would ask how I was doing and stuff like that.

"I text with them a lot too, so I have already formed a pretty solid bond with them and it's only getting better."

The talented offensive and defensive lineman said that Utah and UCLA are two other schools that are standing out to him at this early stage of the recruiting process.

The Bruins are the latest school to offer Vakalahi, bringing his total offers to eight, and he said that Oklahoma StateLSU and Michigan have all been talking to him and seem like they could be close to offering as well.

"All of the school looking at me and offering me have said they like me on defense," Vakalahi said. "I like playing on both sides, so it really doesn't matter to me where I play, I will play anywhere, but I love playing defense because I like to be aggressive and I like to hit guys."

As far as his itinerary this spring and summer, Vakalahi said he's hoping to make some visits with one in the works for Seattle.

"Oh yeah, I definitely want to get up (to Seattle) to check that place out," Vakalahi said. "I've never been to Seattle before, so I need to get up there and see what that place is all about. 

"A big reason I like Washington is because of the bond I have with the coaches there, but need to see the facilities and the school and meet with them in person so I can see how I would fit there."

Vakalahi is LDS and said he plans to forgo his mission after high school, choosing instead to enroll at the school he signs with.

"As far as the recruiting process, I am thinking I will take it all the way up until Signing Day (February 7th)," Vakalahi added. "I only get to do this once and I want to take some trip and give every school after me the chance to recruit me and show me what their school is all about."

We'll have more on Vakalahi in the coming weeks and months and we will update news on him as it happens.

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