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Husky Football Blog

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January 28, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Lagafuaina visiting home school but expected still in the fold

Among the several pieces of unfinished business for the Huskies as the recruiting season nears its end is sewing up the commitment of defensive tackle Lawrence Lagafuaina of Aiea, Hawaii.
Lagaguaina has been listed as fully committed to UW by some recruiting sites, though Scout.com has him as a soft commit because he is expected to take an official visit this weekend to the University of Hawaii.
His high school coach, Wendell Say, said today that he expects Lagafuaina to sign with UW next Wednesday.
“I know he gave a verbal commitment to Washington so unless something really drastic happens, I think he’s set on that,” Say said.
Lagafuaina was drawn to UW in part because he grew up in the state before moving to Hawaii before high school, and he still has relatives over here (Say wasn’t sure exactly where).
Lagafuaina seems to fit the pattern of UW recruits in this class of being athletic and pretty versatile. Say said Lagafuaina has been the top shot putter in the state of Hawaii the last two years and has also been a starter on the basketball team as a forward.
“He’s a great kid, very athletic for his size,” Say said. “He’s a big boy at 6-1, 300-plus. But he’s very athletic, good power. He’s been a four-year starter on the varsity so that tells you that since his freshman year he’s had the size and maturity to play varsity and start and the athleticism. He’s a good basketball player. The only way to beat him is to run the court. At 300 pounds you can wear him down. But inside the key, it’s tough to defend him.”
Say said some recruiters were wary of Lagafuaina’s height but Say said he thinks it won’t be an issue.
“He might not have the tallest stature that most Pac-10 guys have, but his power from his lower body strength is good,” Say said.
Here’s a little profile of Lagafuaina from a Hawaii newspaper during the football season.

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