Albert T Enjoys Visit

I wasn't trying to scare anybody with the title. It's not Albert Tuipulotu. Albert T is none other than <b>Albert Toeaina</b>, a 6-5, 325-pound offensive lineman from Pittsburg, California, and Toeaina just returned home from his official visit to <b>Washington</b>. Washington was in the driver's seat for Albert's letter of intent. Did anything happen during his visit to change that status?

"We got there on Friday in the afternoon," Albert told "We went to eat lunch then we checked into the hotel and then went to practice." Zach Tuiasosopo was Albert's host. "Of course he was cool," said Toeaina.

Practice seemed to get Albert's juices flowing a bit. "I just liked the way they practiced," he said. "They practiced really hard." He also had a meeting with the offensive line coach, Brent Myers. "I talked to Coach Myers," he said. "He just said that he needs me and that I have a chance to come in and start if I work hard."

Saturday brought more of the same for Toeaina and the rest of the recruits, meaning a jam-packed schedule with plenty of eating involved. "It was pretty much the same thing but we took a tour around campus," Toeaina said. "It was cool. We had dinner at the top of the stadium (Don James Center). It was cool. We gathered around like a little banquet and celebrated our last night together."

Sunday saw Albert and the gang head east to the shores of Lake Washington. "We went to Coach Neuheisel's house and had breakfast there and then we all split up and took off," he said.

Any players stand out on Toeaina's trip? "Zach, Tui (Alailefaleula), Tusi (Sa'au), Chris (Solomona) and Donny Mateaki. Albert also mentioned that the fellowship with the other teammates was the main thing that stood out for him during his visit.

With an offer in hand, Coach Nueheisel popped the inevitable question to Albert and while he acknowledged that the Washington trip knocked his socks off, he's not ready to sign on the dotted line just yet. "He asked me if I wanted to go there and I said 'Yeah'," Albert said. "But that's all that was said. He knows that I'm going to take all 5 of my trips and see what's going on after that. But I really like Washington." Toeaina wanted to make it clear that he is not committed to Washington at this time.

His other official trips will be to Oregon, Oregon State, LSU and Fresno State. Top Stories