Palaie Gaoteote Planning UCLA Visit

May 4 -- UCLA joined the chase for one of the West region's top linebackers in the 2018 class and he hopes to swing through campus this summer...

There might not be an underclassman that has attracted as much recruiting attention as Palaie Gaoteote has this spring and that trend continued Tuesday when UCLA joined the chase.

The Bruins became the 13th program to extend the 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman a scholarship offer, joining a list that already included the likes of MichiganMississippiNebraskaNotre Dame, Ohio StateUSC and Washington.

"I called the linebackers coach (Scott White) to check in and he offered me over the phone," Gaoteote told Bruin Report Online. "Coach White basically told me that I was No. 1 as a prospect for 2018 on his charts. He also told me that he likes the way that I play and that he is a fan of me as an athlete.

"As of right now, UCLA is of great interest to me. I know they produce a lot of great linebackers and their program is on the come up. They are getting stronger every year."

It's been quite the spring for the promising linebacker, who picked up five offers in the month of April. The next step in the process, he said, is to gather more information about the programs and see schools in person, though nothing has been solidified just yet. 

"I still haven't got around to planning visits," Gaoteote said. "Right now, I'm just focused on what's at hand, which is spring ball. I think as we head into summer I will look more into where I would like to visit.

One of my visits will most definitely be to Westwood."

Gaoteote was credited with 92 total tackles, including three sacks, in 15 games as a sophomore last season, helping Bishop Gorman to another undefeated record and mythical national championship.

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