Fifita Talks About UCLA Camp

San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley linebacker Ofa Fifita got some good feedback from the UCLA coaches after camp and now he knows where he stands with the Bruins. He talked about his recruitment and what programs are telling him...

San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley linebacker Ofa Fifita (6-0, 215), is up to five offers, with the most recent one coming from the WAC.

"Hawaii is my latest offer, and I have offers from Colorado State, Nevada, UNLV and San Jose State," said Fifita.

Fifita thought he had two other offers, from the Pac-10, but communication has lost things in translation.

"I'm still getting mail from Washington, but I don't know what's going on with my offer. They said I had one, then I talked to Coach (Demetrice) Martin and he said they are still watching me. So it's not really an offer anymore. The same thing with Washington State, I just talked to them last week and they said they had offered but now they're watching me some more and they'll talk to me when the season starts."

In the meantime, he's been talking more with UCLA and Oregon State.

"UCLA is a school I'm really hoping offers me," said Fifita. "I went to their camp and got to work with Coach (Chuck) Bullough. He said what stood out to him about me was how fluid I was and how my hips looked good and I could move and I didn't have a lot of stiffness. He told my coach that my first three games are going to be crucial if UCLA offers me. So I'd love to get an offer from them."

Meanwhile, Oregon State is echoing similar sentiments to Fifita, the Beavers a horse in the race, thanks to their signing of Fifita's teammate, Michael Philipp, in February.

"They told my coaches that they want to talk to me more when my season starts and we'll see what happens then," said Philipp.

In fact, it was Philipp's approach to recruiting that Fifita is modeling his own after.

"Yeah, I'm definitely going to be taking my time, not jumping on any one offer," said Fifita. "I'm going to try and take all five of my official visits, go through the whole process and then figure out which school is best for me. I'm not going to name a favorite or have a top list for a while. I'm going to be wide open for a long time."

Fifita's only camp this summer was the UCLA camp, and he also attended the Scout/Badger 7on7 Passing Tournament in Las Vegas. This summer, he's been working out with his team and may see some time on offense in the fall.

"I'm working as the Y receiver and I'll also play some running back," said Fifita. "But I'm playing straight linebacker in college."

As a junior, Fifita had 137 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries to earn all-league honors.

Academically, he has a 3.4 GPA and took the SAT and ACT in the spring.

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