"That's where I wanted to go. It's close to home, it's a beautiful campus, my parents liked it and I felt comfortable there. I went to Junior Day, and it was my first time there and I just loved it there," said Tevaga.
Coach Eric Bieniemy and head coach Karl Dorrell were the two he talked with at Junior Day, and after spending some time thinking about it, knew he was confident in his decision.
"Coach EB was the guy I called. He and Coach Dorrell are great, and I am looking forward to playing for them," said Tevaga.
Since September 1st, he has been monitoring his calls, only answering when the UCLA staff calls. "Coach Dorrell called me on September 1st, making sure I was still committed, and then Coach Bieniemy has called, too. I think everyone else knows I am going to UCLA."
Rated the No. 4 defensive tackle in the West (and 18th in the nation), it's on the other side of the ball that Tevaga plans to spend his days in Westwood at. "Offensive guard, that's what I am going to play. I love playing offense, hitting guys, banging with them. I'll play defensive tackle (for La Mirada) this year but guard is where I want to play."
Being Mormon, Tevaga originally was planning to play the 2004 season at UCLA, than leave for his mission following that season. But that may not be the case after all. "I have to talk with my dad, but they let you go on your mission later, or when you are married and I really want to play there, so I could go later when I am done with college."
La Mirada opens up with Fullerton this weekend, and it was at Cal State Fullerton during UCLA's fall camp that Tevaga started getting a premature itch to play at UCLA – now. He said, "Man, I wanted to skip my senior year and start playing for them, like (USC's quarterback John David) Booty. I watched the offensive line and the technique and wanted to play with them. I wanted to try and graduate early so I can go to spring ball and play early, but my school said I couldn't do it. Watching them practice, and watching the offensive line, I want to go there and play right now."
Following his season opener on Friday, and then films on Saturday, Tevaga will make his first visit to the Rose Bowl and a UCLA game. "I can't wait. I am real excited. I'm going to go to all the home games, and try and recruit the other guys to come and play at UCLA. I talk to (commit) Brigham Harwell all the time, and we are trying to get a good team there. I know Leo Talavou and Norris Malele, and I hope they come too."
Last year as a junior, Tevaga was an all-CIF pick, earned 1st team All-State Underclass honors and was a Student Sports Junior All-American.