"It's not much different that it is here. We just don't get a lot of exposure there, so people don't really know what it's like, but it's just high school football," he said.
Aside from performing well on the field, Ilalio has done his role in attracting attention.
"I think it's just my work ethic, trying to get noticed. I haven't been laid back, waiting for people to come find me. I've tried to get out there. Playing football is my passion, and I'm trying hard to get to the next level," he said.
"I took an unofficial visit to San Diego State and have been talking with the coaches a lot. They have been treating me pretty well. [Running backs coach Jeff] Horton came up to our school to recruit our longsnapper, so that's how I know him. I really like what they have to offer," he said.
The defensive back has been talking with running backs coach Keith Uperesa at Hawaii and is also very interested in the Warriors' program.
"I took an unofficial down there too when I went to their camp. I just wanted to see what the campus was like and get a feel for everything. I really like them, too," he said.
Though he's still patiently awaiting his first offer, Ilalio remains optimistic that the time will come.
"I hope so. It's up to the coaches and what they decide with all of their recruits, but I really hope so. I'm really hoping for the offer, from anyone. I just want to play ball at the next level," he said.
Ilalio received All-America honors in his home-state and was also selected as a Polynesian All-American; he's ready to take that skill to the college level.
"I like to come down and hit, but I like to also read the field and read the quarterback's eyes. I like to anticipate where the ball is going to be," he said.