The relentless, physical interior defensive lineman has heard from plenty of schools and added offers from Boise State, Oregon State, Illinois and Oklahoma State to go along with his other offers from Kansas State, Washington State and Sacramento State.
Even with former UW coaches Gary Andersen and Chad Kauha’aha’a coming after him, the 6-2, 290-pound Sagapolu hasn’t wavered on his decision.
“Coach Chryst called me about a week ago and we talked a little bit,” Sagapolu told BadgerNation. “He said he was going to try and set up a date where they could come for a home visit, hopefully soon. I have reassured my commitment to Wisconsin. I am 100 percent.”
Sagapolu admitted he was taking a visit to Kansas State Jan.23 (“just in case if there is anything where you are not sure,” he said) but said he has no other visits scheduled, mainly because he is feeling more at ease with Chryst and the direction he plans on taking Wisconsin.
“Just from talking to him the first time, I definitely feel more comfortable with him by just the way we talked,” said Sagapolu. “I felt welcomed by him and really looking forward to seeing him in person. He they said they are still searching for a defensive line coach. As soon as they know, then they will let me know.”
Although his high school season at Mater Dei is complete, Sagapolu took part in the Polynesian All-American Bowl this past weekend, competing solely on the offensive line.
“The Polynesian All-Star Game was a fun experience for me with me just getting to know more Polynesian players, who are going to be playing college ball,” said Sagapolu. “I was just getting a whole feel for it and it being my last high school game was fun. I learned and loved it a lot. I am just looking forward to working out this off-season and getting prepared for Wisconsin.
“I definitely took away the brotherhood, staying close to each other and enjoying every little second you have, because you will never get that experience again.”
Sagapolu also got to spend time over the weekend with Pago Pago (AS) senior defensive tackle Elu Aydon, who also participated in the weekend. Becoming friends with the 6-3, 315-pound prospect since the two UW commits took an official visit the same October weekend.
The two have communicated with one another since the departure of Andersen and Aydon relayed the same message of his commitment.
“We spoke recently because of everything that has happened, but we talked a little bit and he also reaffirmed that he was going to stay with Wisconsin,” said Sagapolu.
Ranked as the No. 52 defensive tackle in the nation and a three-star recruit by Scout, Sagapolu has seen his ranking rise over a strong senior campaign and credits that to his hard work ethic, which he feels exists in all Polynesians players.
“All Polynesians have a non-stop motor and keep going and going,” said Sagapolu. “No matter who they face off against, you will get a 100 percent effort. They are willing to sacrifice their bodies to get to a play, make a big hit and have some fun with it, but at the same time they are still humble about it. We all love each other very much and looking forward to the future.