Trip report: Mana Lolotai

The Washington Huskies have always had a connection to the Hawaiian Islands and that remains true even today. Husky linebackers coach Chris Tormey visited the Islands during the fall and spotted one player who some think may have flown under the radar up to this point. Kamehameha (Honolulu) LB Mana Lolotai took a visit to Washington this past weekend and spoke about his trip and how close he is to making a decision.

"I flew in (to Seattle) on Thursday at like 10 (p.m.)," Lolotai said. "Since I came in a day early coach Tormey was able to pick me up at the airport and then I basically just fell asleep at the hotel.

"It was a great visit. My host was Daniel Te'o Nesheim, he's from the islands so it was really cool to hang out with him and get his take on the place. I also got to hang out with Brandon (Ala) a lot. He went to the same high school as me so that was cool too."

Lolotai is being recruited as a weakside linebacker for the Huskies and he claims 15 reps of 225 pounds and a 4.7 forty time, but "I'm working on getting fast right now," Lolotai added.

A meeting with head coach Tyrone Willingham took place early on Friday, as the other recruits were coming into town and Lolotai said he was impressed with the Husky head man.

"He's a great coach. I really like him," Lolotai said. "We sat down and talked for a while. We talked about what he's looking for in a player and what I'm looking for in a college.

"After that I met with coach Tormey and we talked about the system he runs and I asked him questions on what I can improve on so if I end up going to Washington I will be ready to play."

Lolotai claimed Husky Stadium as the highlight to his visit and said he was very impressed with Washington's facilities.

"I've already taken a trip to Oregon State (in November) so I was able to compare the two different schools and their facilities," Lolotai said. "I liked (Husky Stadium) a lot. They saved that for last and coming out of the tunnel was really cool. Just seeing the field and the stands and the big screen – it's pretty impressive."

So with his visits to Washington and Oregon State out of the way, and a visit to Utah cancelled, Lolotai is pretty much ready to sit down and decide where he wants to play his college ball.

"I'm pretty much going to decide between Oregon State and Washington sometime this week," Lolotai said. "Probably by the end of the week or the weekend. I need to decide soon, because things are coming down to the wire."

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