Bruins Doing Well with Toailoa

The Rialto (Calif.) Carter 2016 linebacker, Lokeni Toailoa, has UCLA in his early top two...

Rialto (Calif.) Carter 2016 linebacker Lokeni Toailoa (6-1, 212), never expected things to go as quickly as they have in his recruitment.

In fact, offers from half the Pac-12 wasn't something he anticipated this early on.

"I thought I'd get through high school halfway before I got halfway through the Pac-12," said Toailoa.

Instead, six Pac-12 schools have offered before he's even finished his sophomore season.

"I envisioned it happening because it was a lifelong dream, but this early, I never expected this," said Toailoa. "It seems surreal."

Arizona State, California, Colorado, UCLA, Washington and Washington State have all offered Toailoa and two of those schools are standing out to him.

"UCLA and Cal are definitely standing out," said Toailoa. "With UCLA, I mean, it's UCLA. Growing up loving that school, the name speaks for itself. And Cal, they were my first offer and that's special to me."

Toailoa has built a good relationship with the UCLA coaches.

"Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) came by our school my freshman year and had seen me then and I've just been in contact with them since. He was recruiting Kenny Clark then. When they offered, I was actually talking to Coach Meat and then he passed the phone to Coach (Jeff) Ulbrich and he offered me," said Toailoa.

Cal coach Rob Liken is recruiting Toailoa for the Bears and he's grown fond of him too.

With six from the Pac-12 down and six more to go, Toailoa has a pretty simple goal.

"The next goal is to get one from the rest of the Pac-12," said Toailoa.

USC is one of the schools that hasn't offered that Toailoa is hopeful will join the mix soon.

"The one I talk to the most is USC," said Toailoa. "I went on an unofficial there (earlier in March) and talked with Coach (Peter) Sirmon. He was recruiting me when he was at Washington and I've been talking with him since my freshman year. They want me but the offer just isn't there yet."

Toailoa is a more physical linebacker, but he's taken to the 7v7 circuit and used it to help improve his game.

"Schools are recruiting me as an inside linebacker but I can play outside," said Toailoa. "That's what the 7v7 is for. I'm a more physical, straight middle that wants to hit the running back. But playing 7v7, I'm able to show I'm versatile and athletic and not just the big bruiser that you see."

Toailoa doesn't see any early decisions in his future.

"The plan is to go through the visits and then decide closer to Signing Day (in February 2016)," said Toailoa.


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