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Hawaiian DT up to three offers

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Three-star defensive tackle Lawrence Lagafuaina might not have the number of scholarship offers as some on the mainland of the United States, but the tough 6-foot-2, 310-pounder from Aiea (Hawaii) Aiea does have three solid offers and six other Division I programs could be close to offering him.
"I still have one from UCLA, one from UNLV and one from Washington," said Lagafuaina, who was named as a second-team all-star and all-state honorable mention member last year as a junior. "Cal, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii and USC" are showing increased interest in him.
Lagafuaina and his mother had the opportunity to get the feel of a UCLA's spring game at the renown Rose Bowl and it made a sound impression.
"It was a great experience watching the older guys playing against each other," Lagafuaina said. "It was really good. It was my first time in (the Rose Bowl) and it was nice and it was huge."
Did he get a chance to move down the freeway to see the UCLA campus and what is his overall current thought on the Bruins?
"I had to attend a camp that day, so I couldn't make it to the campus," he said. "(UCLA) is running a good program; they have a good program. I like the coaches and the way they talk to the players."
"I met Todd Howard, Norm Chow and the new head coach (Rick Neuheisel)," Lagafuaina said. "I would not mind playing at the next level for them."
At one time he was listing two California schools (USC and UCLA) at the top of his list, but time and the attention has him thinking more about other options.
However, this summer he will be coming to the West Coast to attend three summer camp sessions. Could that be enough for him to make up his mind and decide?
"Before summer school starts, I'm going be up there to a Washington camp and UCLA's camp and a Cal's camp," Lagafuaina said. "I don't think I will decide this summer, probably next year in January."
Lagafuaina does have "a few" open dates during his senior campaign, which might allow him to see a couple of universities on official visits. Could those two visits be the decider before January? It might.
Lagafuaina doesn't only standout on the gridiron. He plays forward on Aiea's basketball team and he excels in track and field. In fact, he ended up third in the shot put last year, and as a sophomore, he barely missed the state title in that same event.
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