The 2019 spring evaluation period is well underway and the Arizona Wildcats are hitting the recruiting trail hard.
However, one prospect the coaching staff has been recruiting well before the evaluation period started is Eddie Siaumau.
The three-star Leone High School (Pago Pago, American Samoa) standout visited Tucson earlier this month and really enjoyed the experience.
“I went to Arizona to visit my grandma,” Siaumau said. “I messaged coach Davy (Gnodle) that I’m in Arizona and he said they want to see me. I took the visit and I’d just like to say it was amazing.”
Another Blessed Day Just want to thank the whole Arizona staff and @DavyGnodle for such a great visit. This is truly a blessing for a kid coming straight from American Samoa I will continue to work hard for my people back home. #GodIsSoGood☝ #BearDown #Samoa pic.twitter.com/QgYViD4GpZ— Lil-Uce1 (@EddieSiaumau1) April 11, 2018
Siaumau had a great visit but it wasn’t the typical aspects of campus that stood out to him.
“I didn’t care how nice the facilities and everything were but what really got me were the coaches,” he explained.
“I sat down with Coach (Marcel) Yates and we just had a real talk. He was saying how he could be so nice to me right now, but when it’s game time, he’s going to be on my ass,” he laughed. “That’s the kind of coach I like. I told him I want to be in a place that I know they got me no matter what happens.”
Glory to God!!!!! I just received an offer from the University of Arizona Thank you again to the whole staff for such a great visit yesterday. I’m so blessed and thank @DavyGnodle @IonaCoach Coach Yates for helping me. God bless you all!!! #GodIsGood☝ #BearDown #Samoa pic.twitter.com/dstBJNnx56— Lil-Uce1 (@EddieSiaumau1) April 12, 2018
The coaching staff called Siaumau the day after his visit to offer him.
Right now, Siaumau has three coaches on staff recruiting him: Marcel Yates, Davy Gnodle, and Iona Uiagalelei — and they all know where they want him on the field.
“They said I’m a hybrid safety and I’ll become a linebacker,” Siaumau explained.
At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, it’s easy to believe he can.
Siaumau holds three offers for the time being — Virginia Union, Idaho State, and Arizona — but there are several other schools recruiting him that he thinks are close to offering: USC, Utah, Oregon, and Oregon State.
Siaumau’s size and skill-set are similar to Arizona signee Dayven Coleman. They both are roughly the same size, have aggressiveness in their game, and project as hybrid safety/linebackers at the next level.
Siaumau has great awareness and ball skills which serve him well in coverage.
The toughness he plays with makes him difficult to arm tackle and physical presence on the field. His aggressiveness allows him to play the run well and he is a very capable and solid tackler, actually wrapping up the ball-carrier.
Besides his skills on the field, the thing that impressed me while talking to him is he is humble and has plenty of pride in his Samoan heritage.
“I think I’ll do whatever I can to continue to work hard and represent my people,” he replied when asked about the opportunity to help re-establish the Polynesian Pipeline in Tucson. “I’ll continue to do my job as an athlete, especially a kid coming straight from the islands. It was a blessing for all of this. God is so good.”