First Offer In The Books For Laney DL

Laney DT Nakita Lealao (6-2, 300) received his first offer recently and more could be on the way...

"I just received an offer from Fresno State," Lealao told recently. "I've heard that Utah State is close to offering, but I haven't heard yet if I have one from them or not, so I just have the one right now."

In addition to those two programs, Lealao has also been hearing from the likes of California, Arizona State, Illinois and Utah.

All of this attention is coming over three years after he last played football in a game.

"I graduated 2011 and I played the 2011 season at Laney and I started every game," Lealao said. "After that season, I left for my church mission in 2012 (to Samoa) and I came back last fall, during the season, so I was here for spring ball and I'll play here this fall and then leave after the season."

During his freshman season at Laney back in 2011, Lealao handled nose tackle duties, starting every game and he earning Freshman Defensive Player of the Year honors after posting 52 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles.

"I play nose tackle right now, but the coaches are recruiting me for the three-tech spot," Lealao noted. "We run a 3-4 so they have me moving all over the d-line.

"I have a non-stop motor. Pass-rushing is probably my biggest strength right now, but I've been focusing a lot on stopping the run because I know that's what needs to happen first.

"We have been working a lot of the 'Bang' technique which is a run-stop defense and I have also been working on a lot of hand placement and getting stronger in the weight room."

Lealao is on pace to finish up his academic work this December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.

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