January 22, 2011

Defensive end picks Ducks

Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti traveled to Lake Koa-Ka'ai's house Wednesday night and soon after the three-star weak-side defensive end had committed to the Ducks.

Aliott's trip was important and other Oregon coaches had visited with Koa-Ka'ai and taking that time in his recruitment was a big deal.

Koa-Ka'ai felt most comfortable with the Oregon staff and the campus plus he liked the direction the program is headed. It felt like the right place all around.

"Coach Aliotti came down to my house on Wednesday and that meant a lot to me for the defensive coordinator to come down," Koa-Ka'ai said.

"My brother lives about four hours away so there is family up there for me. I like the way they play and I think the program is on the rise. it's just the best fit for me."

Rivals.com rates Koa-Ka'ai, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound prospect, as the fourth-best recruit in Hawaii.

Arizona, Nebraska, Stanford and many other programs were involved with Koa-Ka'ai, who said Oregon's top-notch facilities were a big deal but not the only reason why he chose the Ducks.

"I try not to mention the facilities because I don't want to give the impression I'm going there only for those but they're unbelievable," Koa-Ka'ai said.

"They're just outstanding. You can get whatever you want, whenever you want."

Koa-Ka'ai was supposed to visit Colorado this weekend but decided not to after deciding to commit to Oregon late this week.

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