Decision looms for Laney defensive lineman

One of the more unsung defensive stalwarts in the California JC ranks this past season was Laney DE/DT Lale Taiese (6-4, 275), but he's got a boatload of offers and next weekend he'll take his final visit before inking his name on a letter-of-intent. caught up with the playmaking defender and he talked about recruiting and what he does best -- getting to the quarterback.

"I love rushing the quarterback," Taiese told recently. "I love coming off the edge and being disruptive or bull-rushing and beating my guy inside.

"I think I can do about what I want and I do it well when it comes to rushing the quarterback."

Taiese backed up that claim mightily this past season posting an amazing 16 sacks to go along with 55 tackles.

"Teams struggled when it came to containing me, but I had a lot of help," Taiese said. "Our defense was really good and we had a lot of talented guys, so they couldn't just concentrate on one of us."

Taiese prepped at nearby Skyline (Oakland) High School and had an outstanding career there, but he went lightly recruited because his grades weren't up to snuff.

"I wasn't going to qualify so a lot of schools backed off," Taiese lamented. "I've been happy with my experience here at Laney though and I'm happy that I chose to be a part of this great program and with these coaches and my teammates."

On the recruiting front, schools from across the west have made it known they want the athletically gifted defensive end with the 4.8 speed and an amazing 405 pound bench on their stop unit.

"I have offers from Hawaii, Oregon, Washington State, Idaho, New Mexico State, Utah State and Colorado State and Cal was after me for a while," Taiese said. "Because I'm so big, a lot of the schools want me to play inside, but they said I could move outside on passing downs so I'm pretty sure I'd be happy wherever I went.

"I've already visited New Mexico State (Dec. 7th) and Utah State (Dec. 14th) and I was going to make a decision, but I decided to wait and check things out a little more," Taiese said. "Colorado State wants me to come out there next weekend to check them out so I'm not going to sign on the 6th, but I will the next week after I make my decision."

Wherever Taiese ends up he'll have three years to play two and he'll finish up his two-year degree in May.

We'll have more from Taiese as he gets closer to making his final decision.

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