- Tyler Harden
Oregon lands top-ranked recruit in Hawaii in four-star offensive lineman, Iapani Laloulou
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The Oregon Ducks went over 2,000 miles away to land their newest commitment in four-star offensive lineman, Iapani Laloulou.
Laloulou is a 6-foot-2, 355-pound offensive lineman from Farrington High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. According to 247sports, he is ranked as the No. 14 interior offensive lineman in the country, the No. 1 recruit in Hawaii, and the No. 309 recruit in the country. On May 31, Laloulou joined me on Instagram Live for an interview to discuss his recruitment and more.
Iapani Laloulou Interview
Despite being from the Hawaiian Islands, where some of the country’s most luxurious sights are located, Laloulou found Eugene, Oregon to be a special place in his eyes. Even though the University of Oregon is thousands of miles away from Hawaii, he felt right at home on the campus at Oregon.
“Eugene is a very special place,” Laloulou said. “The moment I got there, I already knew that this was home for me.”
The coaching staff at Oregon gave Laloulou that homely feeling. He was able to relate to the staff really well from the start, and he’s especially close with associate head coach and offensive line coach, Adrian Klemm.
“Coach Klemm is a guy who played at the university and he knows where I’m from,” Laloulou said. “It’s easy for me to interact with him, and the rest of the Oregon coaches are awesome as well. They all are young and it’s just awesome.”
In Coach Dan Lanning’s first season at Oregon, he and his coaching staff have gotten the Ducks inside the Top 10 in the AP Top 25 rankings. But in addition to being able to relate with the coaching staff, how the staff treats their players off the field stuck out to Laloulou
“I like the way everything is operated and how much the coaches get these boys to interact with the community,” Laloulou said.
Laloulou joins a Top 10-ranked 2023 recruiting class at Oregon, and he gives the Ducks their 21st commitment for the 2023 class.