Huskies get commit from the Islands

Even though it's the dead period, Washington was still able to get a commitment recently from Hilo DT Semisi Tokolahi who had flown under the radar until relatively recently. Now schools from across the country are scampering to get in on the big, athletic lineman from the Big Island. was able to talk with Tokolahi on Tuesday night and he talked about his commitment and visits...

"I committed to Washington about two weeks ago," Tokolahi told "Coach Johnny Nansen was out here recruiting me and he and I met and I had known him from his time at Idaho, then he called me right after he got the job and he was like 'I'm over at Washington now' and I was like 'wow...that's a big change'.

"When he was out here he and I talked and he told me about where the program is and how it isn't going to be down for long and when he went back to Seattle he talked with coach (Steve) Sarkisian and they called me and offered me over the phone."

Tokolahi was already holding offers from Washington State, Oregon State and Colorado and heavy interest from Idaho, SMU, San Diego State, Kansas and Utah State, but he said Washington was where he wanted to go.

"I really like the coaches there and I feel comfortable with them," Tokolahi said. "I'm still taking visits to those other schools, but I would say Washington is my leader and it will just come down to how the visits go, but Washington will be tough to beat."

Tokolahi mentioned he had never been to the mainland before so he's looking forward to his visits.

"I'm going to Washington State on January 9th, Oregon State on January 16th, Washington on January 23rd and Colorado on the 30th," Tokolahi said. "I'm looking forward to getting up there just to check out things and see a different part of the world."

Tokolahi was a monster on the inside for Hilo as a senior, racking up over 90 tackles and 11 sacks while also scoring two touchdowns one on offense and one on defense.

"I can rush the passer or stuff the run, I really don't care because the guy who has the ball is the guy I'm going after," Tokolahi said with a chuckle. "I love to hit and be physical. I just love playing the game."

He also claims a 4.9 forty time and he benches 395 pounds, squats 510 and power-cleans an amazing 320 pounds.

"I've been working out for a few years, but I'm naturally strong," Tokolahi said. "I think my top weight will be around 325 or 330 and I'm a hard worker."

In addition to his excellent physical stats, Tokolahi is also an outstanding student posting a 3.2 GPA.

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