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Aaron Ve'e expects 'family atmosphere'

Junior OL Aaron Ve'e, a relative of former Washington standout Alameda Ta'amu (above), will be at CenturyLink Field on Saturday to watch the Huskies take on Utah. Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

For Aaron Ve’e, watching Washington is nothing new.

The 6-foot-2, 264-pound offensive lineman (Alameda, Calif./Encinal) paid close attention when his relatives -- Everrette Thompson and Alameda Ta’amu -- played in the program.

Thompson, who played for the Huskies from 2008-11, is related to Ve’e on his mother’s side, while Ta’amu, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in April, is related to Ve’e on his father’s side.

“It’s kind of cool,” Ve’e said, when asked about his family’s close connections to the program.

This weekend, when Washington plays Utah at CenturyLink Field, Ve’e will be sitting in the stands, checking out the program on an unofficial visit.

“I’m expecting to see a family-type atmosphere,” he said. “I’ve been there a few times to see my cousin Everrette play for them.”

While Ve’e doesn’t have an offer from the Huskies, he hopes to eventually earn one before signing day. His only offer, right now, is from UNLV.

When he watches Washington, he likes where the program is headed and could see himself fitting in well with the Huskies.

“I like the team because, every time I watch, it seems like they’re motivated to do something,” he said. “They never quit on each other.”