M.J. Ale (Northwest Elite Index)

Intriguing Aussie OL Prospect Gets UCLA Offer

Feb. 17 -- The 6-5, 320-pound Australian import M.J. Ale is still pretty new to American football but he has a couple of early offers -- one from UCLA -- and more schools interested in him...

Fife (Wash.) offensive lineman M.J. Ale is still learning the nuances of the game of football.


Having grown up in Australia, Ale has only played football for two years and is continuing to learn the game.

But you can't teach size and athleticism.

At 6-5, 320, with a long background in rugby and in boxing, Ale is an intriguing athlete who is one of the more under-the-radar prospects in the Northwest.

He's played rugby for 12 years, including two with the Australia State Team in Victoria, Australia.

Yet it is in American football that Ale is making his mark in the states.

Ale picked up his second Pac-12 offer last week from UCLA, one he didn't necessarily see coming.

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"It meant a lot getting that offer," said Ale.  "It was a huge surprise.  I didn't expect anything so this one was a surprise.  The offensive line coach (Hank Fraley) offered me.  I'd love to check out the school and, after planning with my coach, I think we will go in spring for a visit."

The Bruins followed an offer from Colorado State shortly before.

Utah was the first to offer the three-star.

"Every offer I've received is a blessing," said Ale.  "I'm very happy to see that all the effort to not only learn the game but to dominate is paying off."

Fife High School doesn't necessarily produce a lot of Pac-12 prospects, but it was just a few years ago that Kaleb McGary, now the starting right tackle for Washington, was playing for Fife.  So a few schools knew about Fife and more are showing interest now in Ale.

"I'm hearing from OregonWashingtonWashington StateOregon StateFlorida StateNebraska and TCU," said Ale.

Ale didn't have a childhood favorite and the whole recruiting process is new to him, almost as much as the game of football is.

"I grew up outside of the states so I never really had a favorite school," said Ale.  "All I've known is that no matter where I play, I've always wanted to be the best at what I do."

Ale plans to do some camps, to see where he stands with other top prospects.

"Camps are something I want to discuss with my coach before setting up anything but I definitely want to get out there and go head to head with some of the other big names right now," said Ale.

Ale is in no rush to make a decision or narrow anything down.

"I haven't come to a decision on a top five," said Ale.  "So far, all doors are open to me and I'm learning and figuring out what's really best for me."

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