"I don't have any offers yet, but I'm hearing from UCLA, USC, a lot of the Pac-10 schools," said Mailo. "USC was my favorite school growing up. I had a lot of family there, Ray Maulauga, Fred Matua and Faaesea Mailo. But right now, I'm open to anything."
"I'm not going to make my decision until after the season. I want to take my visits, talk with my family and I'll probably decide in January or February," Mailo said.
Mailo did say, however, that the first school to offer has the best chance at getting his signature next February.
"If the school offers me first, that tells me a lot. I wouldn't commit right away, but the first school would be high on my list," Mailo said. "If it's out of state, that's okay. My family is fine with me leaving. They're not really concerned with me staying home. They're behind me whatever decision I make."
Primarily a defensive tackle, Mailo also plays offensive guard for Carson but said that he would prefer the defensive side of the ball. "Really, it's where a college wants me, but I want to play on defense," said Mailo.
Having attended the combine in San Antonio, Mailo chalked up the experience as a positive one. "To me it was good, I think I did pretty good, but I know I could do a lot better. Overall, it was a good camp. It was a great experience and it helps me out for the other camps and combines," said Mailo.
And he has plenty on his plate. This spring he will be at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles, the Nike Camps at Stanford and Los Angeles, and both the USC and UCLA Football Camps.
During his junior season, Mailo had 71 tackles, 6 sacks, 15 tackles for loss and 5 forced fumbles, being named All-City and All-Marine League. As a sophomore, he had 65 tackles, 3 sacks and was named all-first team league and all-state underclass.
Academically, Mailo will be taking the SAT in April and said his grades were in good shape.