Toailoa Has Big Day at UCLA

Jun. 25 -- The younger brother of UCLA commit Lokeni Toailoa was the DB MVP at the UCLA Camp Wednesday...

With a strong performance at the UCLA Skills Camp on Wednesday, Leni Toailoa, brother of UCLA commit Lokeni Toailoa, is thinking he could be in line for a UCLA offer.

"I feel like it is (coming)," Toailoa said. "But with this recruiting stuff, you just never know what's going to happen. I'm just going to wait it out and see what happens for me."


UCLA has picked it up of late with the younger Toailoa, but the relationship has been building for quite some time.

"Coach (Demetrice) Martin has been recruiting me since my freshman year," Toailoa said. "But since I started picking up Arizona State, Oregon State, and Washington (offers), it helped (UCLA) recruit me more because those are Pac-12 teams."

If and when a UCLA offer comes, it would be a big one for Toailoa, who is currently committed to San Jose State.

"UCLA is in there big, but everyone is still playing a big part in my recruitment," Toailoa said. "I'm not going to shut it down if they offer me. But it's a big favorite along with San Jose State."

Toailoa said he had no feel for when he might get an offer, with little indication coming from the coaching staff on a timeframe.

"I don't know if it's going to come right now, two weeks, a month, during the season," Toailoa said. "Hopefully it will come soon."

Toailoa describes himself as committed to the Spartans, but it's pretty clear he's open to looking around.

"Right now I'm with my commitment to San Jose State, but I don't know if that's 100% solid," Toailoa said. "I have to take a trip up there, and see what that's like, and look toward making a decision sometime after I finish taking these visits."

Toailoa has long been somewhat in the shadow of his older brother, despite both playing in the same grade. Leni is ten months younger than Lokeni, and wasn't quite as big as him as early, which might have kept him from getting noticed as much.

"My sophomore year I was out of position, I played quarterback," Toailoa said. "That year did nothing for me, it was like a waste of a year. And then junior year went fine, but I had a high ankle sprain. This offseason I think I proved a point that I'm not just his little brother, I'm my own person."

Still, if he does get the chance to play with his brother in college, it would be a hard opportunity to pass up.

"It's been a dream for us since we were little because growing up we never got to play with each other because he was always bigger than me," Toailoa said. "Freshman year was the first time we got to play with each other and we clicked on the field, so we want to take it to the next level."

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