No. 1 ATH Hufanga Hopes To Take Some Trips

Corvallis (Ore.) Crescent Valley four-star athlete Talanoa Hufanga, the No. 1 athlete prospect nationally in the 2018 class, is hoping to check out a few schools this summer...

Corvallis (Ore.) Crescent Valley athlete Talanoa Hufanga (6-1, 195), is the No. 1 athlete nationally in the 2018 class.

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"I feel honored top be ranked this high in the nation and I just give credit to my coaches and my teammates for pushing me," said Hufanga.  "But I also have to keep working on getting bigger faster and stronger for the next upcoming season."

He's also the top athlete on his own high school campus, so his offseason from football has had him focus on basketball and now track.

That has had recruiting take a bit of a backseat.

But schools haven't slowed their pursuit of Hufanga.

Programs from coast to coast have offered the four-star and the top prospect in Oregon, but he's not close to narrowing his list.

"I currently have 20 offers but all of the schools stand out because I haven't narrowed down my list," said Hufanga.  "I do plan on trimming down my list but I'm not sure to how many yet and it will be around August."

Hufanga said a number of schools are recruiting him hard and he talks often with coaches from a handful of schools that have offered.

"I talk a lot with a few coaches from Nebraska, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee, Michigan, Notre Dame and California," said Hufanga.

And a few other schools that haven't offered are talking to Hufanga and could join that list.

"I'm hearing from LSUVanderbiltAlabamaMississippi and Virginia," said Hufanga.

While Hufanga didn't have a dream school growing up, he did say there was one school in particular he watched.

"Growing up, I guess my favorite school was USC, but I never did have a dream school," said Hufanga.

Hufanga has visited hometown Oregon State already this spring. 

"I went over not too long ago before the spring game and visited the coaches and was also able to see the spring game," said Hufanga, who's coach, Scott Sanders, played for the Beavers.

He also has a couple of other schools in mind for visits.

"I'm planning on visiting Oregon and Nebraska, but I may take another visit somewhere else, I just have to discuss it with my family," said Hufanga.

Though listed as an athlete by Scout, and able to play a number of positions, Hufanga said that safety has been the spot most coaches have emphasized with him.

In fact, Hufanga is often compared by his coach to another former All-Pro and All-American safety, Eric Turner, who played with Sanders at Ventura (Calif.) HS.

"We're going to have to give that one to the great Eric Turner," said Hufanga.

While trying to balance three sports and recruiting, Hufanga is hoping to attend The Opening Oakland regional but track could interfere.

Hufanga won't be making a decision for some time.

"I'll probably commit around December or January," said Hufanga.


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