Four-star Athlete Talanoa Hufanga Talks New UCLA Offer

July 27 -- One of the top two-way standouts on the West Coast visited UCLA on Tuesday and walked away with a scholarship offer...

Talanoa Hufanga wanted to take one visit before the end of his summer break and decided to stop by UCLA on Tuesday.

As it turned out, the choice was a productive one.

After meeting with several coaches on campus, the four-star athlete from Corvallis (Ore.) Crescent Valley walked away with a Bruins offer, locking in his sixth in the Pac-12 before even kicking off his junior season.

"It was funny; I was told I was actually offered back in the spring, but I didn't know," Hufanga told Scout.com. "The conversation came up and the coach was like, 'Yeah, we already offered.' It was something we laughed about and I'm just thankful for the opportunity. It's a cool thing to have happened.

"They see me on the defensive side, specifically safety, to be a guy that can come up, man up on the slot and maybe do a little bit of outside linebacker."

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Hufanga met with assistant coaches Rip Scherer and Tom Bradley, and said his experience in Los Angeles was a memorable one.

"Coach Rip was actually the one that offered me back in the spring," Hufanga said. "I got to hang with him most of the day. It was amazing out there. The campus was beautiful, gorgeous -- I'm not going to lie, it's amazing. You can tell there's a family environment the coaches bring, at least the ones that were there since the others are still on vacation. But what I saw was truly amazing. They told me the truth and weren't pushing to make a commitment, they were telling me to take my time and enjoy the process."

Arizona StateBYUOregonOregon StateUtah and Washington State have also offered, while the likes of Ohio State, Stanford and USC have started to express interest.

The 6-foot-1, 194-pound Hufanga said he could see himself at every program that has offered at this point in the process and, though he has thrived at quarterback in high school, has no positional preference.

"Whatever gets me on the field fastest -- that's my mentality," Hufanga said. "When I get to college, my goal is to play right off the bat. So whatever is going to help me get on the field, even if it's special teams, I'm ready to do. I just want to play.

"I'm not visiting any other schools before the season. My mother told me I could visit one school this summer and I picked UCLA, and it turned out well."


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