Latu twins breakdown recruitment

Alani Latu and his twin brother Viliami Latu out of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) are elite linebackers and among the best in the region. The two want to be a package deal and right now, two schools are giving them that opportunity.

The Latu twins are two of the most impressive linebacker prospects in the region. Both are right at 6-2 but Viliami, who goes by ‘Ami', has about 15 pounds on Alani, ‘A.J', and checks in at a solid 225 pounds.

Both players looked very good in a pair of big 7 on 7 tournaments in the last month and show up even better on film. They're tough, physical, can run and hit and project very well to the next level.

On the recruiting front, the twins are adamant about playing together in college and two schools have offered both players at this time.

"I have offers from Colorado, Hawaii, Washington State, Oregon State and San Diego State," Alani said. "San Diego State is showing us the most love right now and we both love it there.

"We took an unofficial visit and really liked it. The coaches were great, we loved the campus and the football program is doing really well. They're showing us a lot of love and we were very comfortable there as well." Viliami echoed the statement.

"I have offers from Hawaii, Fresno State, San Diego State and Boise State," he said. "I'm hoping for Colorado and they said I'm high on their list. I talked with Coach Cabral, the ‘backer coach and he seems really interested so hopefully they'll offer. If they did, they would move way up.

"Right now, SDSU is our top school. We had a great visit and we both like Coach Gonzales a lot. We bonded with everyone we met and I liked the campus and the football facilities a lot."

As for their summer plans, the twins plans to be active on the camp circuit.

"We're going to camp with UCLA, Stanford and Oregon," Alani said. "We also might do the Oakland NIKE Camp. We both want to stay close to home so our family can come and watch us.

"We're also looking for a strong program, a good coaching staff and an environment that we'll be comfortable in. We also definitely want to play together, that's big and very important to both of us."

As for a dream offer, the twins were quick to say there is one school out there that they both might commit on the spot if offered by.

"UCLA for sure," Viliami said. "We really liked UCLA and if they offered, that would be hard to pass up. What would be really cool is if USC offered one of us and UCLA offered the other. Then we could still be together but play against each other, that would be a lot of fun."

Viliami Latu profile

Alani Latu profile

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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