His biggest question mark is academics not ability.
"I am waiting it out, trying to pass all my classes," said Tivao.
California tops his list of school and is the only official visit he has taken. He tripped to Berkeley December 19-21.
"The coaches, the players, everything," Tivao said about what he loved about his trip to Cal. "Everyone is looking out and protecting one another. It's a family environment."
But the Bears have not offered and will not offer until they are sure Tivao will receive his AA degree.
"I'm taking five classes right now [if I pass them] I'll get my AA in May," said Tivao. "My d-line coach (Mark Shulist) has been telling me the [Cal] offer is on the table. It is there for me."
Tivao says Cal head coach Jeff Tedford was visiting Cerritos College last week. "I spoke with Coach Tedford," he said. "I talked to him a little bit [about offering]."
Tivao says he is willing to wait for Cal. He has no other trips scheduled, and is considering signing late if that is what it takes to get a Cal offer. Nevertheless, he will not eliminate the possibility of signing on February 4 with another school.
"Cal is my top choice," said Tivao. "Cal is going to wait for me all the way through [until May]. If another school offers [before LOI day], I might commit but it depends on the offer."
"Pretty much everyone from the Pac-10 [has showed some interest]," said Tivao. "I want to stay in the Pac-10 or on the West Coast."
Tivao will have three years to play two come August.
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