Sekona takes visit to Big 12 school

One of the more unheralded linebackers in the JC ranks this year is San Mateo's Hanson Sekona (6-0, 225), but at least one Big 12 program has taken notice. Read on to see which school has him rated their top linebacker and how his visit to that school went.

"I visited Kansas State this past weekend," Sekona told Monday night. "It was a real good trip and the game they played was great. They should have won, but it was really exciting and I had a lot of fun."

One thing that stuck out to Sekona was the fans in attendance and how different the area was from his current northern California home.

"Man, they love their football out there," Sekona said with a laugh. "It's just different to those people out there. They love to have fun and they really get into it.

""Manhattan (Kansas) is a lot different than San Mateo, but I think I could have a lot of fun playing out there."

Sekona also met with head coach Ron Prince and linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt during his visit and they made it very clear he is a priority for them.

"They both said I'm their number one linebacker so that was pretty cool," Sekona said. "They said they like my toughness and hitting and that they really want me to come and play for them.

"That really made me feel wanted and needed and I almost committed while I was there, but I promised my family and my coaches that they would be part of the final decision, so I need to sit down with both of them and just talk about things and sort of work that out before I can commit."

Sekona prepped at Aragon High School in San Mateo, California but didn't have the grades to be recruited by D-1 schools.

"I decided to come to San Mateo because it's close to home and the coaches here are really great coaches and they get guys moved on pretty well," Sekona recalled. "I've really enjoyed my time here and that has helped me become a better player and a better person."

It's also helped him become a better student as he's set to graduate this December and be a winter enrollee wherever he ends up.

So far this season, Sekona has posted 39 tackles, two sacks and one interception for the Bulldogs. Last year, he was solid starting every game and being that run-stopper in the middle.

"He's one of our inside linebackers and he's just a thumper," defensive coordinator Tim Tulloch said during the summer. "With Kurt Filler on one side and Andre Portis on the other side forcing plays inside, Hanson got a lot of tackles and was physical at the point.

"When he hits people you feel it and you hear it. It's very violent."

Aside from his visit to Kansas State, Hawaii, San Jose State and California are schools that have shown the most interest.

"Kansas State is my only offer right now and they are my top school, but Hawaii has been pushing for film and San Jose State and Cal have both talked to my coaches about me," Sekona said. "I'll look thing over with my coaches and my family and then see where I'm at."

Sekona will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll continue to follow Sekona's progress over the coming weeks.

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