Ezekiel Noa getting looks from USC and UCLA

True inside linebackers are sometimes hard to find, but Helix High School junior Ezekiel Noa is the downhill thumper 3-4 defenses covet.

La Mesa (Calif.) Helix linebacker Ezekiel Noa came into The Opening Los Angeles Regional camp last month with scholarship offers from Colorado and Washington State. 

After winning the linebacker MVP award at the camp, Noa received a scholarship offer from Wisconsin. 

“I'm blessed to have the offers I have, and really, it just makes me push harder to get more offers,” said Noa. “I’m working even harder to get noticed. I want to make some visits and check some schools out, so hopefully that will help. 

“For me, I just want to see where I fit in. Not just for me, but my family as well.”


Noa will be at USC this month, and he continues to have high interest in the Trojans. 

“The tradition at USC, I love it,” said Noa. “I’d like to be a part of that and continue it.”

Noa also plans to see UCLA in person as the Bruins start spring football. In terms of favorites, Noa said he never grew up following one local school over the other. 

“For me, I see a lot of Samoans going to USC,” said Noa. “I kinda want to follow that. But UCLA has good tradition too, so I’m really open to learning more about both schools.

“Right now, both schools hit me up on Twitter, so I’m just seeing what’s up with their interest and planning a time to see both. The coaches at both schools have seen my film and think I have the potential to play college ball.”

Measuring in at 6-foot, 230-pounds at The Opening, Noa has proven that much between his junior film and camp performances. 

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