After camping last summer with the previous California coaching staff, Honolulu (HI) Punahou lineman Alama Uluave, the younger brother of current Bears guard Semisi Uluave -- who's listed as the No. 2 left guard in the first official depth chart -- paid a visit to the new bunch, this weekend before The Opening Regional at Richmond (Calif.) De Anza.
"I went [Saturday] and got to meet the O-line coach, which was good," Alama Uluave said. " I was ther for about an hour, toured the facilities, and they asked me about Hawaii football, and all that stuff ... I'm not too sure [if they'll offer]. It's up to them. I really enjoy the school, so if they do, it'll be great."
Semisi Uluave told his younger brother that he "really likes the coaches there," and that the staff and the players are still, at times, feeling each other out.
"There's a new vibe, a new feeling to the team," Alama Uluave said. "[Offensive line coach Steve Greatwood] is a great coach. Very nice."
Alama, at 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, is notably smaller than his big brother, with a much leaner upper half, but he still has the trademark Uluave lower half -- strong and stout. He used his hands well to push back defenders, and showed off sound footwork and balance, thanks to that lower half, earning one of the Final Five spots along the offensive line in Sunday's camp, serving as the top center.
Alama Uluave earned a 3.71 grade point average his first semester this year, and it's looking like that will continue on through his second semester grades.