October 23, 2006

The latest on Tau

In some states, like Texas, prospects have a tendency to make early commitments. Hawaii is not one of those states. The Aloha State's finest typically wait through the process. Sione Tau took an official visit out to Colorado in September, but he is in no hurry to make his college decision.

"Colorado is the only school that I have visited so far," confirmed the 6-foot-6, 278-pound offensive tackle from Damien Memorial High School in Honolulu. "I have upcoming visits to Arizona State (November 17th) and San Diego State (December 8th). I also just recently started talking to a coach from Tennessee. He is pretty cool and he said if they like what they see from my tape that they will set up a trip with me for sometime in January.

"Right now I am just trying to keep an open mind. I am just seeing what I can learn about the different colleges on my official visits and then hopefully that will help me make my choice."

Tau's former high school teammate and good friend Michael Sipili served as his player host in Boulder. Sipili is one of four true freshmen that have played this season for the Buffaloes.

"The game day experience at Colorado was crazy," Tau said. "The stands were full…I had never seen so many people get so involved into a football game. Boulder is a college town and there were fans at the game with their shirts off. It was crazy, it was like I was watching it on television but I was actually there."

What are his impressions of Arizona State and San Diego State going into his future visits?

"I really don't know quite what to expect from Arizona State but my friend Shawn Lauvao plays there," Tau explained. "I'm just trying to take an open mind with me going into the trip there.

"Then with San Diego [State], I have my cousin Whitley Fehoko up there. Their coach has been telling me that Whitley has been improving a lot with his speed and that he has been picking up the offensive scheme very quick. So that definitely bodes well for them. I like their program."

Tau is ranked by Rivals.com as the third best prospect from Hawaii this recruiting cycle.

"He's a pretty soft spoken guy," Damien athletic director Pohai Lee said. "But you get him on the field, he's a different person. Out there he works really hard and has some amazing potential.

"I talked to a few coaches that worked with him at the camps, and they love his frame and he's got the ability to add weight and still keep a great frame. He's got good feet too. He is the real deal."

"I have a good work ethic and an understanding of what I need to do to be successful," Tau added.

Tau and his Damien Memorial teammates are 2-2-1. They face off against Saint Louis next Friday.

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