4-star LB Lokeni Toailoa Recaps UCLA Official Visit

Dec. 13 -- Rialto (Calif.) Carter four-star linebacker Lokeni Toailoa took his official visit to UCLA just weeks before he enrolls in Westwood...

Rialto (Calif.) Carter linebackerLokeni Toailoa waited until the last possible weekend he could take an official visit to UCLA for his trip.

And it was worth the wait for Toailoa.

"It was extravagant," said Toailoa. "All of the previous times we had been there, it was all about football or academics, but this time, we really got to spend time with the football players and the team.  Everyone had gone home for finals, so we had a really good time just hanging out with the team."

Toailoa was hosted by freshman Josh Woods and spent much of his time with his brother Leni Toailoa and Breland Brandt, his Ground Zero teammates and fellow Bruin commits.

The three plus Nick Terry used the weekend to recruit some of the other non-committed prospects visiting, including Boss Tagaloa and Devin Asiasi.

"That was my first time meeting Boss and Devin in person, but I had talked with them on Twitter," said Toailoa.  "Nick is also committed, so all of us, our focus was getting Boss and Devin on board because they can really help."

And really help is what the Bruin coaches are hoping Toailoa will do next year.

"They want to use me as the quarterback of the defense as the Mike," said Toailoa.  "They want me to play behind Isaac Savaiinaea.  He's really cool.  We have a good relationship, we have a good relationship with all the linebackers.  They're all cool and good guys.  The conversation has been for quite some time that they want me to come in and be ready to play right away and the fact that we're enrolling early will help benefit us some more."

Toailoa said he's excited to enroll next month and get started on the next chapter of his life, especially with Leni enrolling at the same time.

"There were times we were hanging out this weekend that we'd just look at each other and be like 'Bro, we're really about to be here in three weeks," said Toailoa.  "Even before we started high school, we always wanted to graduate early and play football together, so we put the plan in motion our freshman year before either of our recruiting took of. We knew we wanted to go to college and better ourselves and now our plan worked out perfectly."

As close as the brothers are, they will have some separation next year- neither wanted to room with each other.

"We told them from the start, that's not happening," laughed Toailoa.  "I'm rooming with Breland Brandt.  We've always had a great relationship and we work out all the time at Ground Zero.  Now it's stronger."

Toailoa is playing in the UnderArmour All-America Game in Orlando next month and when he returns, it's off to college.

"We don't  get back until the 6th of January," said Toailoa.  "We're going to stay a couple extra days for a little vacation as a family and we'll try to relax and then it's time to be at UCLA."

Toailoa said he measured 6-2, 240 and wants to lose about 10 pounds by spring.

"They and I want me to get to 230 when spring ball starts," said Toailoa.


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