Cali pass-rusher knows UW program well

Washington continues to go after some of the top defensive line prospects available and so far they are in the game for Grant (Sacramento) DE Faigame Lopa. The cat-quick lineman posted 20 sacks last fall and he said he already knows quite a bit about the Washington football program...

"My cousin already goes there," Lopa told "Alameda Ta'amu and I have known each other for a long time and he and his family went to our church down here when I was younger.

"When we played up in Seattle last year, his family and my family got to see each other and I he talked to me about Washington and what it was like for him there. He loves it and says they have some big things happening."

Grant also has some things brewing as they return the core of what should be an outstanding defense this fall.

"Me and James (Sample) and Vili (Moala) are all back and I think we have a chance to do something special," Lopa said. "We think we can play with anyone, but we have to go out and prove it and that all starts with what we do in the offseason."

Lopa, who goes by the nickname "Puka", said he plays the left defensive end position in Grant's scheme and last fall he notched 100 tackles and 20 sacks from his spot.

"We don't rotate strong and weak side," Lopa said. "We just stay where we line up and do what we are supposed to do. It's fun hitting people and beating them man-on-man. I like it a lot and take it as a challenge."

Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State and San Diego State have all offered and he's getting heavy interest from schools like Cal, UCLA, USC and Colorado among others.

"With (Ta'amu) already there and Jordan Wallace, who played here two years ago, already there, I feel like Washington is a good school that I could enjoy," Lopa said. "I love the weather up there too. I love it when it's cold, so it would be a great place for me if that's where I decided I wanted to play."

Lopa said he'd prefer to take some visits before he makes his decision, but also said there's nothing holding him back from committing before his season gets underway.

"It's all about how I feel about things," Lopa said. "Right now, me and my family think I should take some visits, but things could change. I just want to take my time and make sure I have all the facts about all the schools recruiting me before I make a decision."

Lopa said he hadn't decided on any camps he plans to attend this summer, but hasn't ruled out any either.

We'll have more from Lopa in the near future as he progresses through the recruiting process and we'll update news as it breaks.

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