Commitment Impact: Lawrence Lagafuaina

Clearly it might be jumping ahead just a bit to consider Aiea defensive tackle Lawrence Lagafuaina a full-on committed play to the University of Washington, but we certainly expect the UW coaches to go in and solidify his pledge as time winds its way toward signing day in February.

At 6-foot-2, and 310 pounds, Lagafuaina definitely has the size to make an impact in the middle of Washington's front four, much in the same way Alameda Ta'amu has started to emerge as a vital cog in Nick Holt's 4-3 scheme. His first step is very quick for a big man and his running motion is very natural and fluid for a player his size.

Along with Sione Potoae, whose commitment to Washington will also require some heavy maintenance by the Husky coaching staff, Lagafuaina gives UW options inside, and some much-needed depth. Expect Washington to go after one more true defensive tackle prospect - whether it's Iolani's Sealii Epenesa, Oakland Tech's Fred Thompson, Brighton's Ricky Heimuli or Servite's Kirifi Taula - to give them the numbers they have desperately needed for years.

Lagafuaina's impact will also be felt in terms of continuing Washington's Bonzai Pipeline to the islands. Taz Stevenson (Mililani) and Micah Hatchie (Waialua) are also expected to sign with the Huskies, so the connection between Montlake and Aloha is alive and well.

Semisi Tokolahi (Hilo) and Kimo Makaula (Punahou) were part of the 2009 class; Mykenna Ikehara (Kamehameha) signed as part of their 2008 class; Kalani Aldrich (Kamehameha-Hawaii) was in the Huskies' 2007 class; Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (HPA) was the lone islander to sign with UW in 2005. 2006 is the only year of the last five where Washington has failed to sign a player from Hawai'i.

You can chalk Lagafuaina's commitment up to Defensive Line Coach Johnny Nansen, who is currently running roughshod over the mainland competition to get the best and the brightest from the islands. With Stevenson, Lagafuaina and Hatchie - not to mention strong inroads with players like Epenesa, Kahuku's Hauoli Jamora, Punahou's Sani Fuimaono, and Farrington's V.J. Fehoko - it sure looks like Sarkisian is setting his sights on raiding Hawai'i on a yearly basis. Top Stories