Decommitment Impact: Three-star Carter HS defensive back Leni Toailoa

InsideTheSpartans takes a look at what Leni Toailoa's flip from San Jose State to UCLA means to the Spartans.

Committed to: UCLA - over offers from San Jose State, Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington, UNLV, Idaho.

On film: Analysis from Scout national writer Greg Biggins: “Toailoa is very versatile and plays all over the field. He probably projects best as a safety and has the size, ranginess and athleticism to excel. He's an instinctual player with some cover skills but ultimately as he continues to grow, we think safety is where he'll fit in best. He has the toughness and hitting ability you love to see and his game will really take off when he can focus on playing just one side of the ball.”

Recruiting impact: Leni Tioaloa was a big get for the Spartans at the time. His decision also appeared to open the door to a pipeline with the Ground Zero program as well as Carter High School. A press conference by Ground Zero later announced three-star cornerback Cam Smith, three-star wide receiver Jaquan Blackwell and Carter HS defensive back Marquise Green as San Jose State commits. The Spartans also are in good standing with Carter HS defensive back recruit Marcus Strong who holds four offers.

Leni Toailoa is a tremendous talent that San Jose State was able to identify first while other schools were focused on recruiting his brother Lokeni. Leni would have been a big addition to the program, but there are no doubts that SJSU defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator Donte Williams can’t haul in some surprising talent by signing day. The Spartans may need to do some damage control to keep Green committed with his high school teammate now going elsewhere, however.

Quotable: "I knew that if I did what I could at their camp, they were going to offer me," Toailoa old Scout.com’s Brandon Huffman. "And I knew that if they offered me, I was going to commit to them.

"In my mind, I knew I was going to UCLA and my dad knew (my brother and I) were going to play together. Lokeni said, 'It's about time' when I finally committed."

Final Thought: Leni made it known that he had aspirations to join his brother, it was just a question if his recruiting would escalate high enough to earn an offer from the Bruins. He would have been a great addition to the team, but SJSU rebounds from this loss. With an opening for another DB, Williams can put the press on other targets that they may have backed off of with three commits already on the board.


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