Alden Tofa has a plan in mind for the next couple months as he maneuvers through his recruitment.
In-state programs BYU and Utah appear to be in great shape for the three-star defensive end from West Jordan (Utah), but it's certainly worth noting that the likes of UCLA and Washington State are in the conversation to at least draw official visits. Those four have emerged as the clear frontrunners in recent weeks, Tofa told Scout.com.
Visits to the local schools will take place in January closer to National Signing Day.
"They have been recruiting me to stay home a ton these past few weeks with phone calls," Tofa said. "I want to stay close to my family so the travel to games won't be a hassle for them. My family plays a huge role in the whole process, although I'm not for sure staying in state. I'm keeping my options as open as I can right now."
The Bruins offered shortly after seeing the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Tofa in action in early September, and they immediately caught his attention. Assistant coach Angus McClure has been running point on the recruitment, attempting to add a complement to five-star Jaelan Phillips in this class.
"The whole package they got over there with athletics and academics is what interests me," Tofa said. "I'm thinking about majoring in psychology in college and UCLA has one of the top psych programs in the country. Also, they send me mail daily letting me know they want me out there.
"I have not set a date for an official yet, but I'll be contacting them soon once I'm set on it. It will probably be in December."
Washington State, meanwhile, has made a substantial push recently and could also be among Tofa's soon-to-be-released top five.
"They're doing a lot better than I expected them to this year," Tofa said. "I've been in contact with coach (Joe) Salave'a. They keep hitting me with their college town atmosphere and the level of game play they've had this year and want to continue to have. I'm considering an official to Pullman."
Tofa said if he does serve an LDS mission, it would be straight out of high school. However, he remains undecided on whether that will happen. He intends to announce a college decision on National Signing Day.