Tuli Letuligasenoa (Brandon Huffman)

Four-Star DT Raves About UW Visit

While there were a number of talented players on hand for Washington's Junior day festivities this past weekend, likely the top 2018 target among the group was De La Salle (Concord, Ca.) DL Tuli Letuligasenoa and the four-star prospect came away raving about his 48 hours on campus...


"It was a really great visit," Letuligasenoa told Dawgman.com on Sunday. "I had a great time finally meeting coach (Ikaika) Malloe in person and coach (Chris) Petersen too, plus it was the first time I had ever been in Seattle so I got a chance to see the city and the campus for the first time also and I loved it.

"It's a beautiful city and the campus and facilities there are amazing."

Letuligasenoa said what stuck out to him about the trip was Petersen's 'Built For Life' message.

"(Petersen) really stressed how football was great, but it only lasts so long, so their whole focus is making sure you have that degree so that you are prepared for your life after football and that really is something that stuck out to me and I know my mom is going to love that that's a big thing for them."

While he was up on campus, Letuligasenoa got a chance to meet up with some of the players and said one really made him feel at home.

"I know he's from Nor Cal and everything, but it was the first time I had ever met Vita Vea, but you never would have known it because we hit it off right away," Letuligasenoa noted. "We got a chance to hang out a lot actually because I went bowling with the defensive line group that night, so it was really cool to see how those guys bond and how they all are like a family."

So, with his Washington visit in the rear view mirror, how did his time on Montlake compare to the other visits he's taken?

"I would have to say it's the best visit so far,"  Letuligasenoa said. "The other visits (Oregon and Oregon State) were great too, but with Washington -- the coaches, the program and the way they run it there, it just all stood out to me. 

"I'm visiting UCLA and USC this coming weekend, so I'll be comparing (UW) to those two schools too, but I will say this, I guarantee that Washington will be one of my official visits when I start setting them up."

After Letuligasenoa finishes his visit to the two Pac 12 Los Angeles schools, he said he'll focus on spring football with his own team and preparing for what he hopes will be a big senior season.

"I've thought about it and talked it over with my family and I'm just not going to do any more visits, other than my official visits, and I'm not going to take part in any camps," Letuligasenoa said. "I just want to focus on my team and get ready for my senior season.

"I'm not planning to decide until Signing Day, so I'll probably take all or at least most of my visits after my season is over."

When it comes time to make his decision, Letuligasenoa has thought about what criteria he will be looking for when choosing a school.

"A big thing for me will be my comfort level," Letuligasenoa said. "I have to feel comfortable with the school and the coaches and the players because I'm going to be there four years, so that's definitely one thing. Another thing will be what my parents think. They will help me with my decision and I definitely would like to have them see me play as much as they can.

"The last thing is the place that will help me progress as both a person and as a player. Everyone who plays football wants to play in the NFL, that's nothing new, but I need to feel like I am choosing the best place to help my transition from high school to college and the place that will also help me get ready for my ultimate goal -- playing in the NFL."

We'll have more on Letuligasenoa in the coming months as he continues to work his way through the recruiting process.

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