Kaleopaa Has Options

The La Mirada (Calif.) linebacker, Koa Kaleopaa, has a handful of offers with more schools interested and some ties to UCLA...

La Mirada (Calif.) linebacker Koa Kaleopaa (6-2.5, 255), is one of the top middle linebacker prospects in the West, with a trio of offers. And he's hopeful that more add to the list.

I have offers already from Colorado, Cal and Arkansas," said Kaleopaa.

Each offer stood out to Kaleopaa.

"With Colorado, I was pretty stoked because it was my first offer. And with Cal, it's a big time academic school. And Arkansas, I went to their Junior Day before they offered me and really liked it, then they offered me," said Kaleopaa.

Kaleopaa said each of the offers, as well as the schools continuing to recruit him, were just for linebacker.

"It's mainly for linebacker in general," said Kaleopaa. "Some want me outside, some want me inside."

Some schools even like him as a defensive lineman.

"My coach was saying Nebraska liked me for a defensive end, but me personally, I'm trying to lose weight, so I can get faster and quicker and stay at linebacker," said Kaleopaa.

Kaleopaa is also hearing from Arizona State, UCLA and USC regularly.

"Arizona State's linebackers coach is really trying to push them to offer me. I've gotten a bunch of letters from UCLA and my coach coached with one of their coaches (HC Mike Moschetti coached at Mt. SAC with Demetrice Martin) and I've been up to USC for a practice and met Coach Kennedy Polamalu and Coach O (Ed Orgeron)," said Kaleopaa.

Kaleopaa moved to California before his sophomore year, playing as a freshman at Kamehameha HS in Honolulu.

He practiced against 2012 signees Keoni Bush-Loo (Arizona) and Kory Rasmussen (Colorado). Rasmussen is headed to the school that has a lot of connections with Kaleopaa.

"My coach played at Colorado and Coach (Brian) Cabral was one of his coaches and he's from Kailua," said Kaleopaa. "Coach (Jon) Embree coached him too and he was who offered me."

The move from Hawaii to California has made it easy for Kaleopaa to consider moving outside the Golden State for college.

"I'm open to whatever because we already moved to Hawaii from California," said Kaleopaa. "So my family is used to it, they know if it's best for me, then to do it. They wouldn't be upset if I went to USC or UCLA though."

Kaleopaa said he's planning on going to the Nike Camp in Los Angeles and the UCLA Camp.

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a 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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