UCLA Going After Tuihalamaka

The UCLA coaching staff has been showing a great deal of attention to linebacker prospect Apaiata Tuihalamaka, the 6-3, 220-pounder from Gardena (Calif.) Serra. Tuihalamaka tells us where he stands in his recruiting and clarifies the situation with his UCLA scholarship offer...

Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive end/linebacker Apaiata Tuihalamaka (6-3, 220), is high on UCLA's wanted list, and while he said that UCLA has offered him a scholarship, he clarified that it not an official offer yet.

"UCLA offered me, but it was a verbal offer," said Tuihalamaka. "They said that they're waiting to see how I did on the SAT before they give me an official one."

Aside from the verbal offer from the Bruin staff, Miami and Utah are two schools who have joined the compeition for Tuihalamaka lately, both offering scholarships. And of course, USC continues to recruit Tuihalamaka, though he's still waiting on an offer from the Trojans as well.

"Honestly, I don't have one favorite. I like all the schools recruiting me," said Tuihalamaka. "I like USC and UCLA, but I'm open."

This weekend, Tuihalamaka will be camping at Arizona State for a 1-day camp and later this spring will be at USC's Camp.

A decision from Tuihalamaka wont be happening anytime soon. "I want to take all five visits, make sure I pick the right schools. After that, I'll take the right one to go to," said Tuihalamaka.

Tuihalamaka isn't the only Serra prospect that UCLA is keeping a close eye on, with teammates Da'John Harris and Anthony Boyles also on UCLA's radar. Teammates Duke Ihenacho and Remington Wilson also figure to sign with Division 1 schools come February.

"We've all talked about playing together, but it doesn't really matter," said Tuihalamaka.

Tuihalamaka said he will take the SAT on Saturday.


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