Taula Gets Good News From UCLA

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite defensive tackle Kirifi Taula finally gets the good word from the Bruin staff, and it puts UCLA in the lead for him...

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite defensive tackle Kirifi Taula (6-4, 280) is off to a hot start for the Friars, who themselves have gotten off to a blazing start in three games.

Servite is one of the top teams in the West, and in their first three games, they've knocked off two defending CIF champions, Long Beach Poly and Clovis West, as well as 2007 finalist Encino Crespi.

One of the key reasons for that has been the play of Taula, who's shined on both sides of the ball. But it's been the havoc he's wreaked defensively that has him moving up the charts.

"We're doing what we knew we were capable of," said Taula. "We've been really focused. There were a lot of previous Servite teams that were divided but we're not like that. We're all good friends. And it's showing on the field. We've been blowing out some good teams. I'm playing offensive line for the team. We want to win."

Prior to their FSN game against Crespi, which Servite jumped out to a big lead in before holding on for a victory, Taula got some more good news.

"UCLA officially offered me last week," said Taula. "They had said it was going to be official soon so I was relieved when they finally officially offered me. Coach (Rick) Neuheisel called me and said he liked how I played and that they were officially offering me."

Taula shined at the Bruins camp during the summer, on the first day of their three-day camp, and that was when he went from being a prospect to a Bruin recruit.

Last weekend, he took in UCLA's game against Kansas State.

"It was real good to go there, even though we got there a little late," said Taula. "I'm going to go again in a couple of weeks and do the whole thing before and after the game."

Sharing the spotlight with the Bruins for Taula is three other Pac-10 schools.

"My top four schools are UCLA, Arizona, Washington and Oregon State," said Taula. "Those are the schools that have mainly been calling me plus Oregon. I haven't set up any visits, because I'm waiting until after the season."

While Taula said that they are mostly even, he did acknowledge that UCLA is standing out.

"They're all pretty equal and I like them all a lot and am learning a lot about them. But I like UCLA because it's close to home," said Taula.

But Taula said a decision isn't likely to come for a while.

"I still want to take my visits and focus on my senior season, so I'll decide later in the year," said Taula.

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