UCLA Looks at Local Linebacker

UCLA will watch <b>Luke Laolagi</b>, a linebacker prospect from Van Nuys Birmingham, this season closely. Laolagi is still waiting on an offer, but has a local favorite...

Linebacker Luke Laolagi, 6-1, 205, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham, was a first team all-West Valley selection as a junior.

"I am pretty good at understanding the linebacker position and what needs to be done," says Laolagi. "I want to work on getting bigger and stronger."

At 6-1 and 205, Luke is a bit undersized for linebacker but he makes up for it with aggressiveness. TheInsiders noticed a mean streak in him when we saw him at the UCLA one-day camp in spring. He also attended the USC skills camp.

His father is an 'SC alum so dad is favoring the Trojans and Luke also likes them. "I do like 'SC but not as much as some other schools."

The main one being UCLA. "I have a good relationship with the coaches at UCLA and I feel real comfortable there. I went there two Saturdays ago for an unofficial visit and I had a meeting with Coach (defensive line coach Don) Johnson. He told me that they want to see my first two games and if they like what they see, an offer could be coming."

Laolagi's mother also likes UCLA. "My mom is not a football fan but she seems to like UCLA from what she has seen there," he said.

In addition to the Bruins, Luke believes that Oregon State could be close to offering. He has one written offer right now, from Utah.

"UCLA is my favorite and I also like Oregon State, Cal, and Utah."

Birmingham will be tested early this season when they take on Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and running back phenom Cary Harris in their first game, September 10th.

"We have got to stop him," insists Laolagi.

Notre Dame blew out Birmingham last season.

Luke carries a 2.5 core GPA and scored a 930 on his SAT. He is undecided on a major.

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