Fuimaono has two trips in mind

Washington is turning up the heat on their defensive line recruiting as they near the end of their season and one of their top targets is Punahou (Honolulu) DT Sani Fuimaono. Dawgman.com was able to catch up with the athletic interior defensive lineman and he updated us on recruiting and when he may make his commitment to a school...

"Things are slowing down a little because we didn't make the playoffs," Fuimaono told Dawgman.com Sunday evening. "Now I can sorta take a look at the schools that are recruiting me and visit them so I can meet with the coaching staffs and get a better feel for their programs."

Fuimaono started both ways for Punahou and was a force both inside at defensive tackle as well as at fullback and tight end on offense.

"I don't think I ever came off the field," Fuimaono said with a bit of a laugh. "It was cool playing on both sides, but coaches mainly see me on the inside on defense and I could put on a lot of muscle and size when I get into a big-time workout program.

"I'm 255 or 260 right now, but a lot of people think I could play at about 285 or 290 pretty easily."

Recruiting had been taking a back seat to Fuimaono's senior season, but now that that's over he's getting ready to take a visit to the two schools who have offered him.

"I'm visiting Arizona this weekend," Fuimaono said. "I think I'm leaving on Thursday and I'll go there and visit them.

"The relationship I have with Mike Tuiasosopo is great. It's basically why I like them so much. They have a really good team this year and they're young so they have a lot of room to keep improving which is exciting."

The other school that Fuimaono has had in his sights for quite some time is Washington and he said his relationship with Husky defensive line coach Johnny Nansen is a big reason he loves the Dawgs, but it's not the only reason.

"Me and coach Nansen, we talk a lot," Fuimaono said. "He talks a lot about the school and how they want to use me and why they like me so much.

"When I went up there over the summer, it was the second time I was up there because we played up there when I was a sophomore, but when I took an unofficial up there in the summer they made me feel right at home. Meeting with the other players just made me feel very comfortable and I really enjoyed the city and the culture up there. The vibe I get from them is amazing."

Fuimaono said he plans to visit Montlake most likely the first week of December for the Cal game.

"After I take those two visits, I could make my decision, but I might wait and take another visit or two," Fuimaono said. "Honestly, I really like both of those schools a lot so it might just come down to them and then I can be done with my decision before the end of the year."

We'll have more in the very near future from Fuimaono as he gets closer to making his decision.

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