Leni Toailoa Details UCLA Commitment

Sept. 21 -- The Rialto (Calif.) Carter safety talked about his decision to commit to UCLA and join his brother, Lokeni, with the Bruins...

Even before he had an offer from UCLA, Rialto (Calif.) Carter safety Leni Toailoa knew he'd end up in Westwood.

Committing to San Jose State the same night his brother, four-star linebacker Lokeni Toailoa, committed to the Bruins, Leni was still confident that he'd play football with his brother in college.

Once the Bruins offered during the summer, it was just a matter of time before he joined his brother as part of UCLA's 2016 class.

"Even when he had 20 offers and had zero, I knew that we would play together," said Toailoa.  "I knew somewhere, we'd be playing together."

After the Spartans offered, Toailoa jumped on it, but then June camps helped his stock rise and he added Pac-12 offers from Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington.

But it was an offer from the Bruins that he coveted.

"I knew that if I did what I could at their camp, they were going to offer me," said Toailoa.  "And I knew that if they offered me, I was going to commit to them."

Still, the offer came but Toailoa waited a while before pulling the trigger on Monday.

"That's what was hard, because of San Jose State offering me," said Toailoa.

But the opportunity to play in the Pac-12, to play near his Inland Empire home, to play with his brother and to play in front of his family was too great to pass up.

"In my mind, I knew I was going to UCLA and my dad knew we were going to play together," said Leni.  "Lokeni said, 'It's about time' when I finally committed."

Toailoa called UCLA defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin on Monday to let him know he was in.

"I told Coach Meat and he was really excited," said Toailoa.  "They want me to come in and play safety, but it depends on where my body goes."

The 6-2, 195-pounder knows there is a possibility he's not done growing, especially being the proper age of the 2017 class.

"I'm going to graduate early and enroll early and just work hard and get bigger and we'll see what happens," said Toailoa.

Toailoa was at the UCLA-BYU game on Saturday night and said it was confirmed to him then that he wanted to be a part of the Bruin program.

"Just being there, seeing them never give up and playing as a team, that's what I wanted to be a part of," said Toailoa.

Toailoa joins his brother from Ground Zero in the 2016 class along with Demetric FeltonBreland Brandt and Krys Barnes, and they have one more guy they're targeting.

"Damian Alloway, that's who we're working on," said Toailoa.  "I'm telling him to quit messing around and commit already."

This weekend, Toailoa and Carter will take on defending CIF State Division II Champion, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley.

"It's a big game and we're hoping to make a statement," said Toailoa.

 


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