Halalilo Plans Early Decision

Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde offensive lineman Tevita Halalilo is one of the top guard prospects out West and had a solid showing at the recent NIKE Camp...

Tevita Halalilo is a massive offensive line prospect who just keeps getting bigger every time we see him. He looked all of 6-5 at the recent NIKE Camp and weighed 340 pounds.

"I need to drop some weight," Halalilo said at the camp. "I want to drop about 15 pounds before the season starts next year. I guess you could say I've been doing more eating than training lately but I'm going to turn it around. I got the spring and summer to get myself right and that's what I'm planning to do."

Halalilo had a solid camp but had the misfortune of getting matched up against Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Rasheem Green four times in the one-on-ones and didn't fare too well. There's no shame in that as Green is a monster and could be the top prospect in the west by the end of the summer.

Against every other lineman, Halalilo was dominant. He's naturally strong and a physical player. He's light on his feet for a big man and shows the versatility to play some right tackle or guard although we definitely think he projects as an interior lineman at the next level.

On the recruiting front, Halalilo took a recent unofficial visit to UCLA and said he came very close to pulling the trigger.

"That was a great experience," Halalilo said. "I learned a lot about the University and all the plans they have for the new football facility they're building. I toured the campus and got to sit down with the coaches and get to know Coach Klemm and Coach Mora better.

"They didn't pressure me to commit at all but told me how much they want me and how well I would fit in there. I was definitely close, I was very tempted to commit but decided to hold off. UCLA is definitely my leader but I want to make sure I'm doing the right thing. It's so early and for me, and once I commit, that will be it so I want to make sure it's what I want to do and my family is behind it as well."

Halalilo said he does plan to commit sometime before his senior year, at the latest during the summer.

"I'm going to do it early but I want to take some other visits first," Halalilo said. "I went to Arizona State last year with some of teammates and I had a great time so I want to get back there again. I also want to check out Washington State and Oklahoma just offered and I would love to see them as well.

"Like I said, UCLA is my leader and that's where my family wants me too. They like the location and how they can come up and see me whenever they want and if something happens at home, I'm right there. It will take a lot to beat them out but I want to see what these other schools have to offer so I can make the most informed decision possible."

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