Three-star offensive guard Raphael Ieru (6-4, 315, 5.1) from Honolulu (Hawai'i) McKinley has narrowed down his school choices to two. Ieru left the rock last evening to take an official visit to one of the two finalists.
"I will be visiting Arizona State this weekend," Ieru said. "I like ASU a lot and visiting ASU will be something new."
"ASU is recruiting me as an offensive lineman," Ieru said. "I may want to go away for school."
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"I also like Hawai'i a lot because they are recruiting me as a defensive lineman," Ieru said. "It is also home and where my family is."
The new regime at Utah is also trying to get in hunt, but it looks like it is a two-horse race between ASU and Hawai'i for the services of Ieru.
"I will make up my mind after my second trip," Ieru said. "I want to get this thing done as soon as possible."
Ieru is an outstanding athlete for a big man. He has the versatility to play all three offensive line positions and nose guard or defensive tackle on the other side of the ball.
Ieru lived up to his reputation as one of the top prospects out Hawai'i for the class of 2005. He was selected all-state and all-league as a junior.
As senior he was once again an all-state selection as an offensive lineman while also earning all-region and all-league for his performance in 2004.
Ieru has great strength with his 375 pound bench press and his 500 pound squat.
Ieru also participates in track and baseball. He plays first base on the diamond and throws the shot and discus for track.
The scouting report on Ieru uses his hands well sticks to his blocks and finishes. He is outstanding at both run and pass blocking.
Ieru also has great bloodlines. His uncle is former Utah Ute great and current Jacksonville Jaguar running back Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala.