Kahuku’s Hirkley Latu enjoyed his official visit to Oregon State last week, according to his father, Peni Latu.
Latu is being recruited as a hybrid linebacker/strong safety, Peni Latu said. Hirkley has official visits lined up to Utah State this week and BYU next week.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Latu was an outside linebacker for the part Red Raiders’ Division I state championship team and made the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s All-State first team. As a junior, he was a defensive back.
“He felt at home with the Oregon State players and loved the coaches and what they have set up for academic assistance,” Peni Latu said about his son, who has offers from seven schools. The others are Cal, Hawaii, Utah and Washington State.
Hirkley’s sister Milika is married to Tuli Wily-Matagi, the former Kahuku quarterback now playing tight end at Oregon State.
It certainly doesn’t hurt the Beavers’ chances of getting Latu, with family already there.
According to one source, 6-foot-4, 220-pound Red Raiders defensive end Bradlee Anae enjoyed his official trip to Vanderbilt so much last week that he stayed longer than he intended and cancelled an official trip to Virginia. The source said Anae is planning to take more trips in the near future. He also has offers from BYU and Utah.