JULIE SHIPMAN,
Sam Taimani

East Leopards lineman Sam Taimani is now an opponent of the Utah Utes.

The 6-foot-2, 315-pound Taimani signed with the Washington Huskies Wednesday morning at East High School on the first day of the early signing period.

He had committed to the Huskies on Dec. 9.

Taimani was being recruited as an offensive lineman by some schools and a defensive lineman by others, but reports out of Washington have indicated that he’ll play defense for the Huskies.