Taniela Maka Talks About UCLA

UCLA picked up three commitments over the weekend from verbals to other schools, and Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan linebacker Taniela Maka, a commit to Arizona, was one of them. He talks about his decision to switch to the Bruins...

One of the four commits for UCLA last weekend was Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan linebacker Taniela Maka.

After laying low since the official visit, the longtime Arizona commit, who switched to the Bruins over the weekend, was ready to talk about his decision.

"You can call me a solid verbal," said Maka. "Right now, I'm signing with UCLA."

Still, Maka wasn't entirely ready to close the door on some other schools.

"I may take a visit to Washington, I just haven't talked with the coaches about it. I'm supposed to go to Hawaii too, but I don't know about that," said Maka.

As for Arizona, is there a chance he'll still end up in Tucson?

"Am I still considering Arizona? I'm not sure. I pretty much made up my mind," said Maka.

Maka said one of the biggest reasons he chose UCLA was the proximity to home.

"It's closer to home and easier for my parents to get up see me and see my games," said Maka.

At 6-1, 217, Maka said the Bruin staff wants him to play WILL at UCLA.

"I would say WILL is where I'll end up," said Maka. "Coach Reggie Moore is the one recruiting me but I talked with Coach (Chuck) Bullough and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and they're nice coaches."

Maka said his visit to UCLA was an enjoyable one.

"It was a real good trip. I was talking with the other commits and we were all talking about what we like to play on the field," said Maka.

Maka was hosted by Sean Westgate, who's path to UCLA was similar. Westgate was an early commit to Arizona, but in the weeks leading up to Signing Day, got an offer from UCLA, and he couldn't turn it down.

"Yeah, we talked about playing closer to home," said Maka.

Maka suffered a forearm injury during the early part of his senior season.

"I was making a tackle and I injured my forearm real bad, but I came back at the end of the year," said Maka.


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