Gardena (Calif.) Serra has a loaded roster this year with three players ranked among the top 17 overall prospects in the state. DaJohn Harris (No. 11), Apaiata Tuihalamaka (No. 13) and Anthony Boyles (No. 17) are all currently on the road checking out four schools, all in the Pac 10.
Harris, a 6-4, 170 pound DL, Tuihalamaka, a 6-3, 205 pound LB/DE and Boyles, a 6-3, 185 pound WR were at Cal on Wednesday, Oregon, Thursday and are at Oregon State today. A visit to Washington on Saturday will close the trip out and the players are expected back home on Sunday or Monday.
"Apaiata's uncle is on our staff here and the original plan was he was just going to drive up to Cal, just the two of them for the day," Serra coach Scott Altenberg said. "I found out and asked if he wouldn't mind taking Anthony and DaJohn as well and checking out a few more schools, really making it a huge trip and they all liked the idea.
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"A lot of these kids really haven't been outside of California so I wanted them to get a look at the different campuses around the area. In all the years I've coached here, I've never had a player who took all five official visits, they just get tired and commit before that so this way, at least they have something to compare when they do get ready to make their decisions.
"Things are going well so far. Cal was the only one of the four that hadn't offered any of the kids yet but they offered all three of them on Wednesday. Whenever I've called to see how things were going, the guys were always in team meetings so haven't had a chance to talk much with them but I'm looking forward to seeing how things go when they get back in town.
"I heard they're supposed to be doing something pretty special at Washington. It's like a Junior Day there but I heard they're shutting the streets down and making it like a big festival or something so it should be a lot of fun for the kids."
For Harris, thought to be a big USC lean at the moment, the trips allow him to see places that he has never been before.
"DaJohn has never been out of California," Altenberg said. "Growing up, he really liked UCLA and USC and there is a good chance he'll end up there but the more he goes through this process, the more interested he gets at seeing what else is out there. He likes Miami a lot too and he's the one kid in the group that I think may take a lot of his official visits.
"He has the most offers and is hearing from everyone. Nebraska and Michigan are two more schools he likes and I would think he'll take visits to all three of those out of the area schools before he makes his decision. "
Harris had a great showing at several spring camps and combines and his stock has soared. He's a borderline top 100 player nationally and among the top three defensive tackle prospects in the entire West region.