"I've been offered by all the instate schools [BYU, Utah, Utah State], Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Arizona State," said Maka. "It's been a great experience for me, but BYU is at the top of my list."
The reason being, BYU has been a childhood favorite of Maka. Throughout the years he's bled blue. Now he's being heavily courted by BYU, with Kelly Poppinga leading the charge.
"Growing up, I've always been a big fan of BYU," said Maka. "BYU's been my favorite school my whole childhood basically. I've just followed BYU since then and it's just a school that I've liked ever since. It's just been great and they've treated me really good."
Throughout the recruiting process, BYU has treated Maka like a favorite son. He'll soon be visiting BYU here very soon to sit down with BYU coaches to watch film on BYU's defense. The reason is so they can better know where to place him if he were to chose to come to BYU.
"Things are going good with BYU," said Maka. "They're treating me the best. I've got a visit with BYU coming up here soon actually. I'm going to go visit them and watch film with them. I'm really looking forward to it."
He's excited to get down on campus and spend some time with BYU's outside linebacker coaching extraordinaire Kelly Poppinga, who's sent many of his past charges into the NFL.
"Oh, heck yes!" Maka said. "He's been recruiting me really hard and always hits me up to see how I'm doing. He's the one that sends me all the invites to BYU too. I've got a great relationship with Coach Poppinga. He's a great guy.
"I'm still 6-4, 210-pounds right now. They said they want me to play outside linebacker. They haven't told me with position [either the Sam or Will] yet. That's one reason why I'm going down to watch film with them so we can figure it out."
Despite all the outstanding offers Maka currently holds, there are a few factors that have placed BYU atop of his list.
"BYU is still at the top of my list right now," Maka said. "I just like they're system a lot more, and I like BYU's educational opportunities that they can provide me. All the players from my position are also going to the next level, so they're having a good career after college football. Not only that, but BYU is a place that has my same values. It's kind of all of the above kind of thing."
Maka- which means "rock" in Tongan- has come out with his current top three top college list plus one looking in from the outside.
"Yeah, I've come out with a top three," said Maka. "I've got BYU, Washington, and Washington State as my top three. I have those as my top three colleges right now, and then I have ASU coming in after that."
Although he has a top three, Maka will wait until after his senior season to make a final choice. He'll more than likely take a few official visits prior to making a final commitment decision. As of right now BYU is placing very well in the Pookie Maka sweepstakes.
"I'm thinking of wrapping it all up after my senior season," said Maka. "That's when I'll make my final decision.”