Hawaii's No. 1 Defensive End Aliki Vimahi Thrilled By UCLA Offer

Aug. 22 -- The top-rated defensive end in the state of Hawaii has seen his stock soar this summer and that continued Sunday when he landed an offer from UCLA...

Aliki Vimahi had a loaded itinerary this summer that included stops at several Pac-12 programs to participate in camps and showcases.

The effort to get out in front of college coaches appears to have paid off for the 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end from Kahuku, Hawaii, as UCLA became the latest school to extend a scholarship offer Sunday.

Vimahi, the No. 1-rated defensive end in the state of Hawaii for the 2017 class, camped with the Bruins in late June and performed well in front of line coach Angus McClure.

"It's a blessing; it's not just another offer, it's another opportunity for me to continue my education and another school that is willing to help out my future," Vimahi told Scout.com. "What I liked about the UCLA camp was that it was one big family there. Coach Angus is like a father figure there, which is really helpful to me personally because I want that special bond with my future coach.

"UCLA stacks up at the top, actually. It has been on my radar since I was little. I grew up watching the four major California schools and I'm happy I've got this offer."


Former UCLA defensive end Vavae Tata is Vimahi's head coach at Kahuku, but the three-star prospect said they haven't had too many conversations about the Bruins, though he intends to ask plenty of questions in the coming months.

Vimahi doesn't appear to be in any rush to make a decision. He continues to chat with schools that have offered and plans to take his five official visits following the season as he focuses on Kahuku, which is one of the favorites in Hawaii and has a major out-of-state matchup looming against powerhouse Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman in September.

"Coach Angus offered and told me coach (Jim) Mora likes me a lot," Vimahi said. "Coach Angus really liked me at camp and knew after the camp he wanted to offer, but he was in a tight spot because Hunter (Echols) and Jaelan (Phillips) had already committed. I found out Hunter de-committed and has decided on USC, and it means a lot that they would take me with open arms and I'm the choice to take that open spot. It feels good knowing I could go to one of the better all-around programs in college football."

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