The Story - Bainivalu had over 20 offers with schools from all over the country, including Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, UCLA, USC and Oregon, pursuing him, but in the end his affinity for the Husky football program and head coach Chris Petersen's leadership won out and he committed to the Huskies in mid-November.
Senior Season Awards- Bainivalu helped lead the Spartans to a 9-3 overall record and the 4A state quarterfinals as a senior while being named to the Seattle Times' All-State team and was also named KingCo 4A Lineman of the Year and First-Team 4A All-KingCo at both offensive and defensive line. He also was named to the USA Today All-State team (all levels) for his efforts.
Opposing Coach's View - "I saw his improvement as a player from his freshman season to his senior season. Every kid, especially the good ones, goes through a change obviously. They get bigger and stronger and more experienced, but this kid is the best linemen we faced in his time on varsity. He was always one of the most physical guys on the field and he was a leader for them on both sides of the ball. Honestly, I thought he could be pretty good on defense too. His footwork was iffy as a junior. He got by more on talent and his overall athleticism, but he really wasn't sound fundamentally. That all changed as a senior. He was impossible to beat off the line. Our guys never got anywhere against him. He also got that mean-streak you want in an offensive lineman. He always sorta had it, but he seemed a little more passive as a junior. He wasn't passive as a senior. He got after guys pretty good."
Opposing Players' View - "I never had much success against him. As a junior, I got a sack early in a game, but he came back and destroyed me the rest of the game. He's a great run-blocker for a guy who is at tackle. He loves to grind on guys. He's pretty smart about the way he does things. He knows the tricks -- how to hold without holding, how to cut you -- and he doesn't fall for moves. One thing he did as a junior that I think hurt him and his power a little bit was he'd reach for guys a little bit, but as a senior he was totally sound fundamentally."