"I verbally committed to UCLA," said Folasa. "They offered me a couple of weeks ago, and like a week later, I committed to them."
The 6-3, 335-pound Folasa was one of the standouts at UCLA's Linemen Camp last month.
"I thought I did really good there and the coaches kept telling me how they like my strength and how athletic I am," said Folasa. "I've always liked UCLA so when they offered me, that meant a lot to me and my family."
"My parents love the idea of me going to UCLA and being close by and getting a great education there," said Folasa.
The last Bruin to come from Santiago is three-year starter Tony Dye, who graduated the year before Folasa got there, but he's plenty familiar with him.
"I know Tony and his dad, Coach Dye, and I know all of his brothers so I've always heard about UCLA," said Folasa.
Folasa's cousin is four-star lineman Hiva Lutui from Euless (Texas) Trinity, who UCLA has also offered (and is among his top three), and Folasa said he's working overtime to get Lutui to return to his California roots.
"All the time now," Folasa joked. "It would be really fun to play with him in college."
Folasa said he's planning to take an unofficial visit to UCLA to meet with the coaches on August 1st and plans to attend some fall practices.
"I still may take some official visits to other schools just to see what it's like but I'm committed to UCLA," said Folasa.