Ikehara high on Huskies

HONOLULU - Kamehameha's Mykenna Ikehara stood on the Hawai'i sidelines during the Washington-Hawai'i game, his thoughts in check. But when Washington's Chris Tormey spoke with the 6-foot-3, 282-pound lineman and told him the news he wanted to hear, he didn't have to hold those thoughts in anymore.

"They (Washington) have been my No. 1 choice all season, and not just for the team, but for the academics too," Ikehara told Scout.com Saturday night. The No. 41-ranked guard prospect in the country by Scout.com had other reasons why he likes the Huskies. "I also like the location, and I hope my visit confirms that. From what I've seen and read it sounds like a great place. It's also on the west coast, so it's easier to come home on breaks."

Ikehara's parents both went to Lewis and Clark College in Portland. "They say it's a nice place," Mykenna said of the Northwest. "I also have an auntie that lives in Battle Ground (Wash.)."

So how did Ikehara find out the Huskies were hot on his trail? "On Saturday I went to their hotel, and I saw a presentation with Abe Markowitz (Punahou) and Chase Nakamura (Baldwin, Maui), who were also there," he said. "Monday morning (UW Linebackers Coach Tormey) visited our school and told me about the chances I had of getting a scholarship from them. I talked to him yesterday morning (Friday), and he told me I had a scholarship offer.

"I thought I was close (to getting one), but I didn't want to build myself up because I really want to go to that school. I'm really happy that they did. Right after they offered I talked to my parents. I told them that it was the school I wanted to go to and I wanted to commit right away to them, but my parents said that it would be in my best interests to look at the school first to make sure."

Ikehara Was going to visit Seattle the second weekend in January, but got his visit moved up to Thursday the 4th, due in large part to his anxiousness. "Hopefully it's not going to be too difficult (to wait on a decision), but I know I'm not going to be able to stop thinking about it," Ikehara said with a laugh. He also has a visit set with Arizona for January 12th.

So what are the chances Mykenna will verbally commit to the Huskies on his visit? "I think it's pretty high, actually," Ikehara said, matter of factly. Mykenna's father Adrien will be visiting Seattle with him.

Ikehara had also been thinking about a mid-month visit to San Diego State, but the UW offer has changed things completely for him.

So how would Ikehara describe his style out on the field? "I really like to play aggressively," he said. "I don't like to hold back when I play, whether it be running or passing. I just want to hit someone. At the same time I want to focus on my technique, because you can't lose your head out there."

Mykenna benched 225 pounds 20 times and ran a 4.34 pro-agility test at the Just Win! Football camp on the island of Maui this past summer. If he decides Seattle will be his home for the next four or five years, the Huskies will move him from his customary left tackle position inside.

"I think it'll be pretty easy because when you are on the inside you have less space you need to deal with," he said.

We'll have more from Ikehara on his pending decision down the road.

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