Mike Mapu trip report

Mike Mapu took an official visit this weekend to the University of Washington, and the American Samoa native felt at home. He was introduced to all the other Polynesian players on the team and that bond just might be the thing that gives the Huskies an edge going up against the University of Oregon, the other team Mike is looking at.

"I signed with Fresno State out of high school," Mapu told Dawgman.com. "But I was 20 points short (SAT). They said they would take me but that I would have to pay half of my school, but I couldn't do that." He went to Eastern Arizona College for a year and then his coach at EAC got fired. Had a cousin at Mesa at the time and then ended up at Mesa. This year he had 18 sacks as a defensive end, and it's that kind of pressure coaches love to see on film. "They like me coming off the edge on a pass rush."

Washington and Oregon are the main schools competing for Mapu's services. He has offers from Oregon State, Cal, Washington and Oregon. He's visiting Oregon next week. Joe Lobendahn was the Washington player that served as Mike's host. "He was a good guy," Mapu said "I liked the campus, the players, the coaches. I met Joe, 'Cisco (Tipoti), Tusi (Sa'au), (Willie) Kava and the other Polynesian players. They said it's a nice place to play up there."

Mike finished off his visit by talking to Rick Neuheisel today as Neuheisel hosted a brunch this morning for the recruits. "He said that he wants to have the opportunity to coach me, and I told him that I would look forward to it," he said. "There was a little pressure to commit, but I don't know what I'm going to do yet. The signing date is in two weeks, but I want to take this other trip first."

He'll have 3 years to play 2 when he enrolls in the spring, regardless of where he ends up. And if he had to choose today? "I think Washington," said Mapu. "I like the place and where the school is located, on the lake. And it's not a real big place or a real small place. It's balanced."

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