2016 Rialto (Calif.) Carter linebacker Lokeni Toailoa emerged this past spring as a big-time prospect, as such, the local schools have been hitting him hard over the last year.
"Both USC and UCLA have been on me pretty much from the start," Toailoa said. "I talk to both coaching staffs constantly, and have been to both campuses."
Toailoa was actually recently on USC's campus for the Trojans' big Junior Day two weeks ago, and he said the experience, while familiar, was a good one.
"I've been to USC a few times already, so it wasn't really anything new," Toailoa said. "I did get to hang out with some guys I hadn't seen since 7-on-7 stuff over the summer, so that was cool."
Toailoa has already built a pretty good relationship with the USC staff heading into his senior year.
"I talk to Coach (Peter) Sirmon all the time," Toailoa said. "He was recruiting me when he was up at Washington, and the staff as a whole has been on me basically since I first started being recruited."
UCLA has also been on Toailoa hard, but there's been a bit of a switch in the last week or so.
"UCLA's also been on me from the beginning," Toailoa said. "It was actually Coach (Jeff) Ulbrich who was on me, but since he's been gone, Coach (Demetrice Martin) and Coach Angus (McClure) have both been talking to me a bunch."
Toailoa had built a pretty good relationship with Ulbrich already, but when he found out that Ulbrich was not going to be the defensive coordinator anymore, UCLA staff and players relayed a message to him.
"They just said, 'Coach Mora is going to hire a great defensive coordinator,'" Toailoa said. "I talk to (former Rialto lineman and current UCLA player) Kenneth Clark about once a week, and he said the same thing, that it'll be a really good coach, so that's good to hear."
Toailoa went on to say that he didn't know if UCLA would have a Junior Day of its own this spring, but said his Ground Zero 7-on-7 team is going to take a trip to campus sometime in the next month or two.
It isn't just a local affair for Toailoa though. He said two school in particular from out of the region has been recruiting him hard.
"Notre Dame has been on me really hard," Toailoa said. "(Outside Linebackers) Coach (Bob) Elliott has been by about five or six times since they extended me an offer. Stanford is the same, and they've been by the school a couple of times before they offered me recently."
Toailoa also said he didn't have specific plans to take unofficial visits outside of southern California, but that he'd like to take a couple sometime this spring. He said distance will not play a factor in his decision.
What may play a factor, though, is family.
"I'd actually like to play with my brother in college," Toailoa said, speaking of his brother Leni Toailoa, an unranked safety also in the 2016 class. "So I might wait to make a decision until I see what kind of interest he gets from colleges. That could play a role in my decision."
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