From Lone Star State to Golden State

UCLA lands its second commitment from Euless (Texas) Trinity, this time on defense in safety Laiu Moeakiola...

UCLA dug into the Lone Star State for the second time in the class of 2012, and got a commitment out of Euless (Texas) Trinity on Monday when safety Laiu Moeakiola committed to the Bruins.

"After talking it over with my family, we thought this would be the best thing for my family and the education I'll get at UCLA for the next four years is too good to pass up," said Moeakiola.

Moeakiola was born and raised in Texas, but his parents are both from Southern California, which played a heavy factor in his decision.

"I have a lot of family out there, especially my mom's side, in Anaheim, Granada Hills and more in Orange County," said Moeakiola.

UCLA had earlier grabbed a commitment from his teammate, four-star offensive lineman Hiva Lutui, and Moeakiola said Lutui was stoked when he commited.

"When he heard I committed, he ran up to me and started hugging me and said ‘this is what we dreamed about, playing together in college," said Moeakiola.

Moeakiola also had offers from Arizona State, North Texas, Tulsa and Colorado.

"UCLA is a great program and I'll have the opportunity to play in front of millions of viewers," said Moeakiola. "I'm hoping they won't have a coaching change, but overall they have a great program."

Moeakiola said he'll visit UCLA officially in January with Lutui.

"I think we'll get out there on January 13th," said Moeakiola.

The offer from the Bruins came over the weekend, when they came to watch him play this past weekend.

"Coach Inoke (Breckterfield) was done and they offered me this weekend," said Moeakiola.

Moeakiola said UCLA wants him to play strong safety.

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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