Uriah Plans Wisconsin Official

Anxiously trying to plan a trip out to Wisconsin to see one of his favorite schools, Compton (CA) Dominguez senior defensive end Uriah Leiataua finally nailed down a weekend for his official, coming to Madison at the end of September.

Saying Wisconsin has been one of his top schools since the Badgers offered in the spring, Compton (CA) Dominguez senior defensive end Uriah Leiataua has been trying to figure out when and where he would like to visit. He finally pinned down a weekend, taking one of his officials to Wisconsin when they face Purdue September 21.

"I just very excited for that visit and can't wait," Leiataua told Badger Nation. "I really hope it is a packed game like I have seen on YouTube. From what I hear, Badger fans are some of the best. I have never been to Wisconsin or even that far, so this will be a whole new experience for me. Distance won't be a big deal to me or even a factor when I am looking at schools."

Despite a home schedule devoid of any of the conference's big names, the Badgers are planning to have some high-profile visitors on their campus throughout the rest of 2013. Three-star tailback Qadree Ollison will visit September 7; Leiataua will be joined by four-star receiver Jalen Brown and three-star cornerback Lubern Figaro on his visit and five-star tailback Joe Mixon, five-star offensive lineman Damien Mama, four-star cornerback John Plattenburg and three-star safety Andre Godfrey will all visit in October.

"There is probably a chance I could commit to Wisconsin on the visit if I like what I see very much," said Leiataua. "I like to keep all my options open, but there is a chance."

One of the reasons the Badgers are in such good standing with Leiataua – a three-star athlete currently ranked No.56 at his position by Fox Sports Next - is because of the bond he has with defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a.

"My recruiter from Wisconsin is Coach Chad," said Leiataua. "I am pretty close with him. I think he is a very cool guy and cool cat. He is really chill and down to earth, but is also very funny. We have been talking for awhile now and he has been keeping up with me. He mostly talks about staying on top of my school work than football, which is really cool. He wants me to really get out to Wisconsin because it really speaks for itself he told me."

Although he will sign his national letter of intent in February, Leiataua is planning to take his Mormon missing trip following high school. While some schools would pause at his decision, Wisconsin has already accepted the verbal commitment of Salt Lake City East athlete Ula Tolutau, who will take a two year mission trip after his senior year.

That makes the Badgers look even better in Leiataua's eyes.

"Coach Andersen is Mormon and also some of the coaching staff is," Leiataua said. "They are really supporting it and Coach Chad has experience with missionaries because he came from Utah. I think that is really cool how they support it."

As far as his other official visits go, Leiataua is scheduled to visit Washington State at the end of September.

"I don't really have a top list anymore, but I really like Wisconsin a lot and also Washington State," said Leiataua. "The atmosphere at both places from what the coaches are saying is really nice."

Going into his final season, the 6-4, 265-pound defensive lineman has the accolades and high rankings from his play, but wants to show everyone that he can also be a leader.

"I feel like the team is pretty experienced this time around," said Leiataua. "Everyone is mostly back and our defense looks pretty strong. I think we are going to do better than we did last year. I feel like I am going to step into a leadership role this season and really lead this team. Overall, I will just be working on getting better every day and taking this team far."

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