Toailoa Keeping Options Open

Mar. 6 -- Rialto (Calif.) Carter linebacker Lokeni Toailoa is one of the top defensive players in West and helped lead his Ground Zero 7v7 team to Pylon Championship in Las Vegas over the weekend...

Lokeni Toailoa is among the top middle 'backers in the country and has been one of the top defensive players in the West since his sophomore year. He's a tough, physical player who loves to hit and is a natural leader on the field.

Even though he's much more of a 'pads guy,' Toailoa has worked hard on his overall game the past two years and playing a lot of 7v7 has helped him improve his ability to play in space, drop and cover and just his all around athleticism.

On the recruiting front, Toailoa mentioned a few schools recruiting him hard but he doesn't sound close to making a decision right now.

"I would say the schools I talk to the most are Notre Dame, Washington, USC and UCLA," Toailoa said. "Coach Elliot at Notre Dame is probably the coach I talk to the most, he's a good dude. The whole staff at Washington is recruiting me and I've been in contact with USC and UCLA for three years now.

"I'm planning to take some unofficial visits this spring but don't have anything planned right now. I would love to visit all 21 schools that have offered me but I know that's impossible. I know I'm going to visit California and Utah with Ground Zero and I'm coming up to UCLA next week but I'm not sure about anything else right now."

Toailoa said he has yet to narrow his list down but that could happen sometime in the spring.

"I want to take all five visits if I can," Toailoa said. "I'm going to be graduating early so I'll need to take those visits during the season. It's not 100% sure but I may commit at the UA AA Game, it's something that I'm thinking about.

"I really don't have a leader right now, I'm looking at everyone. One factor could be what happens with my brother Leni Toailoa. We would love to play together, that's always been our dream so if a school offers him and Oregon is on him hard right now, that will definitely play a role in my decision."

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