Trip Report - Jeremy Ioane

Jeremy Ioane came five hours from Honolulu for his official visit to Washington, and it's the shortest official visit he'll take before making his final college choice. Ioane, a safety prospect from Punahou, spoke with about his trip, the highlights, and what other schools he'll visit before sitting down with his family and making the biggest decision of his life to date.

"We got to Seattle Thursday night," Ioane said. He flew in with another player from Hawai'i, Kahuku DE Hauoli Jamora. They went to breakfast with two coaches from UW - Johnny Nansen and Mike Anderson at the Blue Star Cafe in Wallingford.

"We just talked about our backgrounds and where we came from," he said.

And his first impressions of the area? "I thought it was good," he said. "The town seemed kind of exciting; there's a lot of things to do when you're not in football. The weather was different."

Then they caught up with the other recruits in town for their official visits and then headed off to the RAM for lunch. "We ate a lot," Ioane said with a chuckle. "Then we went back to the hotel for a little bit and then we met with our hosts."

Ioane's host was Kimo Makaula, a former Punahou player in his own right. "It was good," he said of seeing Makaula again. "We just talked about the school and the football program and the college life. He told me that at first it was hard, but he got used to it. He said it got easier because there's more Polynesians there."

In fact, the brotherhood and connection built upon the group of Polynesian players there that weekend had an impact on Ioane, especially when compared to Boise State, his first official visit.

"I think the communities are very different between each other," he said. "There were a lot more Polynesians in Seattle. They took me in and went around the city with me and stuff. Guys like Semisi (Tokolahi), Talia (Crichton), Andru (Pulu) and Alameda (Ta'amu) and all those other guys."

Ioane confirmed Jamora's verbal commitment to the coaches and players while eating at the Crab Pot Saturday night. "He kind of told me he was going to do it," he said.

But Ioane never had any intentions of making a final decision this weekend, despite a strong pitch from head coach Steve Sarkisian. "We just talked about the opportunities that Washington has to offer, not only with football but with academics as well," he said of the conversation he had with the head Husky.

Ioane said that he'll visit Arkansas this coming weekend, likely with cousin Shaydon Akuna, a coveted safety in his own right from Kapolei, and then he'll take an official visit to Notre Dame before signing day.

He rated his Washington visit an 8 out of 10, but added that nothing needed to be improved on. "I thought it was great," said Ioane.

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