Earlier we mentioned that Cal tripped in a pair of standout defensive tackles from the Islands for their Big Game weekend against Stanford. Jonathan Kane out of Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha was one and Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis tackle Tyson Alualu, regarded by most as the top lineman in Hawaii this year was the other.
Alualu, 6-2, 270 pounds is one of the top overall prospects in the West region this year and one of the top five defensive tackles in the region as well. He’s big, tough and very physical and has the talent to play early in college.
Alualu took his first official visit to Cal two weeks ago and said the visit has left him with a lot to think about.
“I’m just very confused right now,” Alualu said. “I still don’t know whether I want to leave home or stay here and play for UH (Hawaii). The visit to Cal was very good and I had a lot of fun and learned a lot about their program. I hung out with Kane most of the time, we were both actually hosted by the same person, Albert Ma’afala, who is from here and who we both knew before he went to Cal.
“Albert likes it a lot there and said we should follow him. He really sold Cal hard and was trying to get us to commit but I know I’m not ready for that right now. It was fun though, we did the usual things, got a tour of the campus, watched the team practice, watched some film and went out with the players.
“The game was insane, I had to actually leave the stands and watched most of it from the coaches office because the student section was just too crazy. I think half of the recruits ended up doing that. It was cool though, having a crowd that supportive is great for the players and I know that’s how I would want it if I was playing.”
Next up for Alualu will be January visits to Oregon (Jan. 7) and Arizona (Jan. 14). Arizona was in the home Monday and Oregon and Cal will be in next week.
“I’m also looking at Oregon State, Michigan State and Hawaii,” Alualu said. “I’m just going to leave everything in Gods hands because I really don’t know what to do right now. I have a lot of friends and family that really want me to stay close to home and play for UH. No one is putting any pressure on me but I know that’s what they want. At the same time, I like the idea of getting away and experiencing something new so I’m just going to wait it out and go wherever God leads me.”