Trip Report: Kimo Makaula burned the midnight oil, and it paid off when we were able to reach Kimo Makaula, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound athlete from Punahou School in Honolulu. Makaula had been through a whirlwind trip back to the islands after the flight taking him from his official visit to Seattle and Washington got delayed.

"I went to Maui first then I had to take an inter-island flight to Honolulu," Makaula said. The day's travels didn't deter Makaula, who verbally committed to UW earlier in the week, from enjoying his official visit to Montlake.

"It was perfect," he said of his trip. "It was the way I imagined it would be. Being at the stadium and coach Sark and the rest of the coaches talking to me and making me feel like I'm a part of them already...they were getting me all pumped up - just the way they were coming up to the recruits and especially me, it made me fired up."

Alameda Ta'amu was Makaula's Husky host for the weekend. "He told me that he's really excited about the coaching staff and that he thinks Washington is going to turn it around and this is a great time to be a part of it right now," were the words from Big 'Meda. "He said he's glad to get some local boys on board and he made me feel like I was at home. There's nothing better than being at home. Being away and being with them I felt really comfortable, so that was nice."

Kimo played a lot of quarterback for the Buffanblu, and Hawai'i saw him as a future defensive end, but the Huskies like what he projects at tight end. At 6-foot-3 and 240-pounds, he has a chance to be a multi-dimensional playmaker. "I wanted to play offense in college, and playing tight end is exactly where I wanted to play," he said.

So what were some of the highlights for Makaula on his visit? "The coaches, number one," he said. "And the school in's a top-of-the-line school, one of the best colleges in the nation. The facilities and the campus and the people there, they made me feel like this is the place to go - the perfect place for me."

Along the way, Makaula met a brand-new friend - Hilo DT Semisi Tokolahi. "Semisi - he committed there too," Kimo said. "We're both excited. I've only known him for two days, but it felt like I've known him for a lot longer. I'm excited to know that when I go there I'll have somebody I can talk to and stuff. With all the local boys on the team I really felt at home."

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