It’s possible Kahuku defensive end Bradlee Anae could go where Red Raiders head coach Vavae Tata last worked as an assistant. That’s Vanderbilt in Nashville.
Anae, the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder who was a large force in Kahuku’s run to the Division I state championship in 2015, was making his visit at Oregon State on Saturday when Hawaii Prep World contacted him.
Last week, Anae took an official visit to Vanderbilt.
“Vanderbilt has elite academics and it’s in the SEC and that’s great,” he said. “Oregon State is a really big school, a large, well-known place. They have the tools there to become a great football team, and Corvallis is a nice town.”
If Anae chooses Oregon State, he would be hooking up with former Kahuku players LaMone Williams, a defensive tackle, and Tuli Wily-Matagi, a tight end. Hirkley Latu, Anae’s 2015 Red Raiders teammate, recently visited Oregon State and it’s possible Latu could be headed there.
“It would be fun if we do decide to go to the same school,” Anae said about Latu, “but we’re both going to choose what’s best for our paths.”
Anae will visit BYU on Wednesday and Thursday and then Utah on Friday and Saturday.
Talking about his time at Vandy and Oregon State, he said: “We go out and eat a lot, like 3-4 times a day, and just hanging out with the players at night. It’s cool to see how they interact with each other.”
Anae said he’s leaving his options open and doesn’t plan on announcing his final decision until national letter of intent signing day Feb. 3.