Potoae speaks

When he committed to the Huskies back in February, he immediately became a target for schools across the country. However, Lakes (Lakewood, Wa.) DT Sione Potoae has remained steadfast in his desire to play at Washington. Dawgman.com caught up with the talented defensive lineman and he updated us on things including his plans to visit some other schools down the road...

Lakes destroyed Lincoln 67-7 in a driving rain Friday night at Harry Lang Stadium and Potoae was a prime reason why the Abes only managed 75 yards of total offense.

Potoae started at left tackle for the Lancers while manning the middle of the defensive line and notched five tackles and three tackles for loss in the blowout.

With his size, quickness and tenacity, Potoae is one of the top prospects at his position in the country and schools from across the country have continued to call even though he's let it be known he is committed to Washington.

"It's actually been really hectic with schools calling and recruiting me," Potoae said after the game. "My family really loves U-Dub though and my dad really wants me there and so does my mom. They all want me there and I really want to go there, but I talked to my dad for a while and we decided that even though I'm committed, I owed it to myself to at least look at the other schools to make sure I made the right decision for myself.

"My dad is deployed (to Iraq) so he wanted me be done with recruiting, but after we talked a bit, he and I agreed that it would be smart to at least take a couple of visits to see what else is out there."

Which schools will get visits will be decided later, but Potoae mentioned that two schools he's interested in seeing are Oregon and USC.

"They both are good programs and they have really great coaching staffs," Potoae said. "I really haven't thought much about where I'll visit, but that's something I can work out after my season is over."

While Potoae had nice things to say about those two Pac 10 programs, he also had a lot of praise for what is going on at Montlake.

"I've only been to one of their games, but it was the Arizona game and it was a lot of fun," Potoae said. "I love the coaches and what they are doing up there. Coach (Johnny) Nansen is really great and I feel real comfortable up there.

"I really value what my family has to say and that will play a big part in where I go. Washington is where everyone wants me to be so, I'm still expecting to sign there (in February)."

Potoae said he plans to take in this weekend's game against Oregon as well as the Apple Cup at the end of November and said he may also be in the stands for the Cal game, but his team may still be playing that weekend.

Lakes, now 7-0, has two more regular season games -- next week they face Auburn Mountainview and then play Clover Park the following week -- before they begin post season play.

We'll continue to keep tabs on Potoae's progress this season and report if anything changes or he finally sets up those official visits.

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