While visiting the Colorado football facilities over the weekend, it was easy for Keanu Saleapaga to picture himself as a Buffalo for the next several years.

The big defensive end isn’t ready to commit himself to Boulder, though.

A 6-foot-6, 260-pounder from La Mirada (Calif.) High School, Saleapaga took an official recruiting visit to CU over the weekend and said, “The visit went great — just meeting the coaches and where they see me, and also talking to a lot of the players there.”

Given a three-star rating by Rivals.com, Saleapaga will take an official visit to Brigham Young University next week before making his decision on national signing day, Feb. 3.

“Colorado and BYU are my top two,” he said.

Formerly committed to Southern California, Saleapaga said CU’s new football facilities are “amazing” and he was impressed by the campus and academic side of CU.

“Most definitely, I was picturing myself a lot when I was watching the players workout and just meeting people at the school,” he said. “I could see myself there.”

For now, he can also picture himself at BYU. He has yet to see the Provo, Utah, campus, but was impressed by a home visit from new BYU head coach Kalani Sitake and defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki.

“They convinced me to come out there,” Saleapaga said of the BYU coaches. “The whole attitude of the new team they want to build out there made me interested a lot.”

Saleapaga has heard plenty about CU, too. His head coach at La Mirada was former Buffs quarterback Mike Moschetti.

After meeting CU’s coaches, Saleapaga believes he has a chance to play right away in Boulder.

“As long as I compete,” he said. “They want the best to play. As long as I compete and be the best I can, I can start.”


In addition to CU and USC, Saleapaga has scholarship offers from three other Pac-12 schools: Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon State. … Safety Jarrius Wallace from John Ehret (La.) High School, who visited CU on Jan. 15, took a visit to Arizona over the weekend. He tweeted Sunday night, “still undecided this the hardest decision of my life.” Wallace’s teammate and good friend, defensive back Ca’Ron Baham, committed to CU last week. … Along with Saleapaga, CU hosted running back Rakeem Boyd from Houston and Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College teammates Drew Lewis (linebacker) and Juwann Winfree (receiver) over the weekend.

Brian Howell: howellb@dailycamera.com, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.