Hawaii WR Headed To Mainland

UCLA picked up its third verbal commitment from a Hawaii native, and second in two days from a Honolulu Punahou player when receiver Roby Toma committed to the Bruins on Tuesday...

One week to the day that he got an offer from UCLA, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou receiver Roby Toma took the Bruins up on it.

"I just got off the phone with Norm Chow and committed to UCLA," said Toma. "He was excited and happy to hear the news."

With Toma's commitment, the Bruins land their second player from Punahou, with Toma's close friend and teammate Dalton Hilliard committing to the Bruins last night.

"I talked to Dalton and he told me he wanted me to come to UCLA and he's excited about playing at UCLA," said Toma.

And the Bruin staff hopes they're not quite done at Punahou, with the nation's top linebacker, Manti Te'o, still on the board.

"Coach Chow said he wants to keep all the Punahou boys together, and he's one too, so Dalton and I are going to talk with Manti and hopefully he comes too," said Toma.

For Toma, the offer from the Bruins came out of the blue last week, and he knew that the offer increased his chances of going to UCLA. So he spent the last week talking with his family about his pending decision.

"My parents wanted to ask the coaches questions, about what would happen when I was there and all," said Toma. "They answered everything the way my parents wanted them to and then they told me it's my decision."

Toma said he's hoping to talk with UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel this afternoon, as Neuheisel was away from the office when he talked to Chow.

In the meantime, he's going to relish the opportunity.

"It's great and I'm really excited because now I can focus on us winning a state championship," said Toma.

One of the top receivers on the islands, Toma he has a team-leading 35 receptions for 836 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns. He's got 992 all-purpose yards and is averaging 23.8 yards a catch. His yards per catch and receiving touchdowns lead the state and his yards receiving are second in Hawaii.


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