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Sunday, October 21, 2012
OL Uhatafe talks LSU-TAMU experience

By Damon Sayles

Salesi Uhatafe (Euless, Texas/Trinity) had heard about the potential frenzy of the crowds in College Station from his stepbrother, Texas A&M freshman Polo Manukainiu.

It didn’t truly hit him until Saturday, when he watched the Aggies host LSU. Uhatafe, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive guard, left Kyle Field with a new outlook on the program.

“[Manukainiu] coached me up on what to expect,” Uhatafe said. “He said he likes it out there because he liked the people and the atmosphere. I couldn’t understand it until [Saturday]. They probably have the craziest fans around. There’s a lot of tradition there.”

Uhatafe said watching both schools had its advantages. LSU left with a 24-19 win, and following the Tigers has been something Uhatafe’s done most of his life.

“Growing up, you play NCAA (the video game) and look at LSU as a top dog,” he said. “Seeing them was pretty exciting. They have the reputation.”

Uhatafe doesn’t have an offer from Texas A&M or LSU, but he does have an offer from Arizona State and interest from Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma State, Missouri, TCU, Baylor and Washington State.

Uhatafe has also traveled to Arizona State when it hosted Utah on Sept. 22. He said he is next looking into making the trip to Lubbock, Texas, to watch Texas Tech host Texas on Nov. 3.