Bruin Offer Wows Toailoa

UCLA is the latest school to offer the elite Rialto (Calif.) Carter 2016 linebacker, Lokeni Toailoa...

Rialto (Calif.) Carter 2016 linebacker Lokeni Toailoa (6-2, 210) is one of the top sophomores in the West.

Toailoa already has five scholarship offers, all from the Pac-12, a little less than two years before he'll sign a NLI with anyone.

"This is what we've been working for and this is the goal," said Toailoa. "But it was just when they actually started coming in that it hit me. It seems so surreal. It's really exciting though."

Cal was the first to offer Toailoa, and he was surprised to the point he didn't believe it.

"Cal offered me first and I didn't really believe it at first," said Toailoa. "My 7on7 coach texted me and said Cal wanted to offer me. I was real excited."

Washington, Colorado and Arizona State all followed with offers, then came an offer from UCLA last week, one of the two he'd long dreamed of getting.

"Coach (Demetrice) Martin called my coach and my coach got me on the phone with him and then Coach Martin passed the phone to Coach (Jeff) Ulbrich and he offered me. I was in shock. I always grew up rooting for UCLA and USC so when UCLA offered me, that was really nice."

Toailoa went to three UCLA games last fall and saw the Bruin program up close. He also got a chance to play some with freshman defensive tackle Kenny Clark when he himself was a freshman in high school.

"In the playoffs, I got to come up to varsity and play a little on special teams, but I got to play with Kenny Clark and that was cool. He's a great player," said Toailoa.

Toailoa also has a lot of interest in the Trojans, attended most of their home games last fall as a recruit.

This spring, Toailoa said he expects several schools to come by the campus.

"Last year, we had Washington State and UCLA come through as well as Washington and a lot more schools said they're going to be coming by," said Toailoa. "A lot of Pac-12 schools and some other big schools too all are going to see me in the spring."

Toailoa plays inside linebacker for Carter, but said he could still be growing so the defensive line isn't completely out of the question.

"As far as my height, I'm not too sure if I'm down growing," said Toailoa. "I've had cousins be 6-3, 6-4 and some uncles as far as 6-5, 6-6. I like linebacker but I wouldn't mind if I grow into a defensive end. As long as I can rush the passer."

Toailoa plans to be busy this spring with 7on7, playing for Ground Zero as well as the Los Angeles NFTC in March.

With a long way to go until Signing Day 2016, Toailoa plans to take all the time he needs.

"I've got a long time till I sign so I'm going to go through the whole process, do some camps, make some visits and then really focus on it next year," said Toailoa.

Last fall, Toailoa had 79 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

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