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<b>Albert Toeaina</b>, a 6-5, 340-pound offensive lineman from Pittsburg, California, is now finished with football at the high school level. Pittsburg lost to San Leandro 40-0 in the first round of the playoffs, so now it's time for Albert to figure out where he'll go to college. His options are as wide as this great land, but there's only one coast he wants to be near.

"I want to stay on the West Coast," Albert told Now that his season is complete, he's looking harder at his choices. "I'm getting a chance to focus more on recruiting now."

He has offers from USC, Fresno State, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Idaho, Utah and Utah State, and has only one current official visit set up, that one to Washington on December 14th. The coach recruiting Albert for the Huskies is Defensive Coordinator Tim Hundley. "He's excited about me and excited about my trip," Albert said. "He really wants to get me up there." His other candidates for other visits? "LSU and Notre Dame.

When you ask Albert about his favorite schools, the West Coast is a recurring theme.

Washington - "They have a good program up there and the education is good too."

USC - "I like 'em. I grew up watching them."

Fresno State - "They are close to my house."

Cal - "The same thing. They are close to home. It's like they are just right across the street."

Is there anything he'll need to do before making a choice? "I'll need to sit down and talk with my Dad before I make my final decision," said Albert. His father has definite ideas with where he would like to see Albert go, but the younger Toeaina isn't quite so sure he sees things the way his father does. "He likes USC, but I'd say I like Cal or Washington first, then Fresno State and then USC." Top Stories