Ofahengaue takes first visit to Arizona


Moana Ofahengaue (Salt Lake City, Utah./West) took his first official visit of the year this past weekend to Arizona. The defensive end will take just one more trip before making a decision.

Ofahengaue, a three-star prospect and the No. 3 player in Utah, is an undersized defensive end but has the frame and bloodlines to add significant weight in college. His father, Tevita Ofahengaue, played safety in high school but grew into a 250-pound tight end at BYU and was the final player drafted -- ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ if you will -- by the Arizona Cardinals in 2001.

“This visit came together real late but I’m very glad I took it,” Ofahengaue said. “They literally called me last Thursday and asked if I wanted to visit. I said I would, packed that night and flew out on Friday. I really loved it there though and had a great overall trip.

They have a great campus, I love how open everything looks and the facilities are going to be incredible.

“They did a presentation of what the new football facilities are going to look like and it should be as nice as any in the country. The staff is great and I really like Coach [Rich] Rodriguez and the scheme Coach [Jeff] Casteel plans on using. He runs a 3-3-5 defense and they want me to play as a defensive end. I know I need to put some weight on but I don’t think that will be a problem.”

Next week, Ofahengaue will visit Utah and said he’ll likely make his decision following that visit.

“I’ve been to Utah before and I’m very comfortable there,” Ofahengaue said. “I’m also talking with Arkansas and USC and they want me to visit but I think I’m about ready to end this. I have a good feel for both Arizona and Utah so after this next visit, I may just sit down with my family and pick between those two.”