2006: Sonny Tevaga

He's the younger brother of current UCLA starting offensive guard Shannon Tevaga, but the younger <b>Sonny Tevaga</b> is bigger at 6-5, and 315. And guess who grew up the Bruin fan between the two of them?

The sibling of a current Bruin starting offensive lineman is hoping to get a chance to play with his big brother again.

The brother of Compton (Calif.) Dominguez tackle prospect Sonny Tevaga (6-5, 315) is Shannon Tevaga, the starting offensive guard for the Bruins last season who was also selected a Freshman All-American. Though there is a two-year gap between the brothers, the two played together at La Mirada when Shannon was a senior and Sonny was a sophomore.

Sonny, though, is first looking forward to just playing high school ball. He had to sit out his junior season due to transfer violations when he moved from La Mirada High School to Dominguez.

He hopes that his senior season will bring him the same kind of attention his brother received.

"It was hard sitting out last year," said Tevaga, "But I'm really focused on this season."

Interestingly enough, Shannon, the current Bruin, was the one who grew up a USC fan while Sonny had UCLA as his childhood favorite. With Shannon ending up a Bruin, Sonny is looking at the possibility of joining him.

"UCLA was my favorite school growing up. They are my leader with Washington and USC," said Tevaga. "I want to play in the Pac-10. My family really wants me to play with my brother, too. It would really be good. I have a lot of interest in them."

Along with those three, Tevaga is hearing from Oregon, Purdue, Oklahoma, LSU, Texas and Tennessee.

Without being able to be seen as a junior, Tevaga, though, has yet to receive a scholarship offer.

Tevaga will attend the Nike Camp in Los Angeles as well as the Stanford Nike Camp, trying to get the most exposure out of the camps as possible.

While he is currently playing offensive tackle for Dominguez, Tevaga said he believes he could play guard or defensive tackle in college, but prefers offensive tackle.

Tevaga carraies a core 3.0 GPA (3.1 overall) and took the SAT earlier in March.

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