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Four-star linebacker explains decision

Isaac Savaiinaea has emerged as one of the top couple prospects in Hawaii this recruiting cycle and so his commitment to Stanford is another major pickup for the Cardinal.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker from Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou picked Stanford over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, UCLA, Utah and Washington State.
If Savaiinaea kept his recruitment open, many more offers would be expected but the four-star standout said he found the school he loved and decided to make his commitment.
"Stanford was just the most ideal place where I could succeed in the future," Savaiinaea said. "They have one of the best educations in the nation along with a great football team who has been consistent with winning."
Some other things influenced Savaiinaea's decision as well since he said he loves the Stanford coaching staff, he enjoys the campus life there and there is a good chance for him to play early on.
All those things were considered as Savaiinaea made up his mind in recent days.
"I love the coaches up there and the student life and there is a good chance for starting as a freshman," Savaiinaea said. "I thought bringing my talents to Stanford was the best thing for me."
At the recent NIKE Combine in Honolulu, Savaiinaea had the best SPARQ rating out of more than 450 participants. He ran a 4.66 electronically timed 40-yard dash, tested out with a 4.14-shuttle and 31-inch vertical, and threw the power ball 38-feet.
Rivals.com rates Savaiinaea as the No. 155 prospect in the early 2013 rankings. The only player in Hawaii ranked higher is Honolulu St. Louis offensive lineman Reeve Koehler although significant changes are expected in those state rankings this off-season.
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