Latus Like the Bruins

The Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) twin linebackers, Alani Latu and Viliami Latu, are hoping for a UCLA offer this fall...

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) middle linebacker Viliami Latu (6-2, 235), has a handful of offers, but a few schools are starting to stand out to him.

One of them is San Diego State, where Latu took in a fall practice, and left impressed with the Aztecs.

"The trip went pretty good and I got to have some 1-on-1 time with the linebackers coach and we talked about the 3-3-5 and they showed me what they did defensively," said Latu. "They want me as a middle linebacker there."

Latu's 7on7 teammate, Delvin Batiste, committed to the Aztecs on that trip, and Latu said that Batiste immediately began working on him.

"Delvin was making little whispers like ‘when are you going to commit', but we're still deciding," said Latu.

Latu, and his twin Alani, have both said they're playing together in college, and the Aztecs are in his top three.

"Me and Alani are a package deal and right now our top schools are San Diego State, Arizona State and Hawaii," said Latu. "We also really like UCLA, but they haven't offered."

The Bruins are one of a couple of schools that plan to watch the twins this fall.

"We have Oregon and Oklahoma and UCLA that said they're going to come out and watch, and tell me what they like," said Latu. "Oklahoma wants some film on me halfway through the season. We've been talking with coach Mike Stoops."

Latu has been stellar on the camp circuit this spring and summer, even if he was a little out of his element, not getting to hit. But now that fall practice has started, Latu said he's more comfortable than he's been.

"I've been waiting since we got out of pads to hit someone," said Latu. "Me and Tahaan (Goodman), have been hitting all kinds trying to get ready for the season."

Rancho Cucamonga scrimmages Colony this weekend before opening their season next weekend against Redlands and four-star running back Craig Lee.


Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) outside linebacker Alani Latu (6-2, 215), has stated numerous times that he and his twin brother, Viliami, are a package deal in college.

For now, that bodes well for San Diego State, Arizona State and Hawaii, who are in the twins' top three, and all having offered the pair.

"Those are probably the top schools right now and then some other schools like Minnesota and Colorado State we're interested in. We like UCLA a lot but they haven't offered us yet," said Latu.

Latu took an unofficial visit to San Diego State earlier this month, and talked with the Aztec coaching staff about where they envision him.

"In the 3-3-5, they like me as an outside backer, but I could even play safety for them," said Latu. "They blitz the safety and use him in coverage, so they use him a lot in different ways."

The twins are LDS, and Alani said that their mission plans are still in flux, but are somewhat being sorted out.

"We'll probably go to school for one year, then serve our mission for two years, then come back, but we're not sure yet," said Latu.

Latu was selected to the CalState Game and said he could announce his decision at the December game.

Rancho Cucamonga scrimmages Colony this weekend before opening their season next weekend against Redlands.

Last fall, Latu had 70 tackles, a sack and an interception in helping the Cougars reach the CIF-SS Inland Division semifinals.

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