Tonga on Official Visit Thursday

Aulola Tonga, the 6-3, 200-pound safety/linebacker prospect from Kahuku, Hawaii, will start his official visit to UCLA today. He talked to us about it, his expectations, the schools he's interested in, and what could be factors in his decision...

Kahuku (Hawaii) safety Aulola Tonga (6-3, 200) is set for his first official visit this weekend, when he leaves the Islands and heads to Los Angeles.

"I leave on Thursday for my official visit to UCLA," said Tonga. "They haven't offered me yet but Coach (Norm) Chow, he's come over to my house. He's a good man, he's straight forward and he's honest. He said UCLA is really interested in me."

Tonga spoke with Rick Neuheisel earlier this week, and had a good conversation with the Bruins' head coach.

"Coach Neuheisel said he's looking forward to having me there," said Tonga. "I haven't met him in person yet, but he seems like a cool guy. If they offered me, I'd really consider it."

Tonga is also planning a visit to Washington next weekend, and he's hopeful the Huskies extend an offer as well. "Coach (Steve) Sarkisian and Coach (Nick) Holt both came from USC and they won a lot, so I'm really interested in Washington," said Tonga.

The Huskies and Bruins are in his top four, along with Oregon State and hometown Hawaii, who gave Tonga his first, and to date, only offer. "I've been a Warriors fan my whole life and it would be cool to play there and represent Hawaii, but I'm also interested in leaving for the Mainland. So we'll see what happens," said Tonga. "I could see myself committing to UCLA or Washington if they offered."

Tonga will be joined on his visit to UCLA by his neighbor, Bruin commit Roby Toma. "I live on the same street as Roby, and two houses the other way is Manti Te'o," said Tonga. "We all grew up together and used to play football together when we were growing up."

Tonga said that schools like his size, and the potential to play a couple of positions. "Coaches say I could play safety or outside linebacker.," said Tonga. "I'll play wherever, but I like outside linebacker."

Academically, Tonga is in fine shape, with a 3.3 GPA and the ACT set for later this month.


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