Mapu Back from Official Visit

<b>Jonathan Mapu</b> is a 6-5, 265-pound defensive lineman from Laie, Hawaii, and the Kahuku Red Raider had these thoughts to share about his official visit to the <b>University of Washington</b> that he took this weekend.

"I had a real good time," Mapu told Dawgman.com. "We got a chance to visit the campus and meet the professors there. They were answering questions before I was asking them. They were sharp. I think it could be a good fit for me academically. There's a lot of support there."

Jonathan's host was former Iolani grad Willie Kava. "Oh Willie's great," Mapu said. "He told me that the coaches are great there and that they really take care of the players. He said that they have professors who are there just to help with the student-athletes. They really help out."

One of the big things Jonathan talked about on his trip was how much he ate. "Man, we ate a lot! (laughs). We went to the Metropolitan Grill and I had the 52-ounce steak. We also went to the Space Needle. It was my first time to Seattle, but it was very nice. My sister lives there. The people were all very nice."

Mapu saw two practice sessions and came away impressed by the speed and thoroughness of the practices. "A lot of it seemed the same," he said. "But what really stood out was the organization. The coaches really stick to a schedule. Also the practices are a lot quicker than what I am used to."

He talked at length about his one-on-one chat with defensive line coach Randy Hart. "Coach Hart is a great guy. He'll give it to you straight. He told me a lot about college. He said that it won't always be fun. Sometimes you will have to fight through the tough times and stick it out. I like him a lot. He didn't beat around the bush. We looked at the depth chart and he said things for me were looking very good if I decided to go there. They are low on ends, so there would be a good chance for me to come in and play right away."

And Head Coach Rick Neuheisel? "Everytime I saw him, he was like, 'Are you guys having fun?' It was always about fun with him. He wants everybody to have fun."

Jonathan has a standing offer from the Huskies. Did he have enough fun to jump in the boat and call himself a Husky? "I told the coaches that I had a great time and could really see myself playing there, but since it was just my first trip I told them that I needed to go back home and talk things over with my family and my coaches and make sure I take some more trips to compare things."

Even though he doesn't have any other visits scheduled right now, Mapu did say that he would most likely be visiting Nebraska and Tennessee. We'll be in touch with Jonathan in the new year to find out about visit dates.

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