Cards offer top west coast linebacker

Rated the No. 1 middle linebacker in the West Top 100 for 2016, Lokeni Toailoa of Rialto (Calif.) Carter High School has quickly become one of the hottest prospects nationally. Louisville joined the growing list of scholarship offers and Cardinal Authority has the reaction.

While doing a great job of catching-up with the class of 2015, the University of Louisville football staff is also busy getting caught up with the best players in 2016.

The Cardinals extended a scholarship offer to 2016 linebacker Lokeni Toailoa of Rialto (Calif.) Carter High School on Friday.

Toailoa explained that he learned of his offer while talking about the Cardinals with his coach.

“He was briefing me on Louisville and what not, and said that they're offering me a scholarship,” he told Cardinal Authority.

Louisville joins a growing list of schools that have expressed a similar desire to gain his talents. Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Rutgers, UCLA and USC are among his 14 scholarship offers.

“I was ecstatic,” Toailoa said of the Cardinals offer. “I mean they're 22-3 in these past few seasons. They're pretty dominant in every aspect of sports. I think of them offering as a huge step in my recruitment process. I'm looking forward to getting to know the staff.”

The list of college opportunities will continue to lengthen for Toailoa and as of now, he claims no favorites and doesn't lean to any specific region of the country.

“The way I see it the grass is only green where it's watered at, so conference doesn't play a role in my recruiting,” he explained.

Toailoa, 6-foot-2, 225-pounds, is currently the No. 1 rated middle linebacker and the No. 56 overall prospect in the 2016 West Top 100. A four-star target, he totaled 79 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries last season. He also saw time at tight end and anticipates a larger role on offense this fall.

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