Emerald Faletuipapai finished his high school career with a state championship and the Gardena (Calif.) Serra now turns his focus to recruiting.
Houston recently offered the 6-foot-6, 339-pound offensive lineman and the Cougars could be close to landing his commitment.
Faletuipapai, who also has an offer from Hawaii, met with coach Tony Levine and assistant coach Jamie Christian and he said Houston leads in a big way for his pledge.
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"They have a really good program," Faletuipapai said.
"Coach Christian is the one that's recruiting me. He brought the head coach over to Serra this week and he talked to me about how I feel going to Houston and the situation I'm in and where I want to go.
"I really like how Houston is looking right now. I think I can be committed any time. It could be this week. I just have to talk to my family but it could happen at any time."
It was a big high school finish for Faletuipapai and the Gardena Serra team, which defeated Oakdale, 42-15, on Saturday evening in Carson, Calif.
A memorable finish to a big-time season for Serra and Faletuipapai said wherever he ends up for college - with Houston leading in a big way heading into this week - he wants to carry on the Serra tradition.
"This is a huge way to go out," Faletuipapai said.
"I'm definitely going to miss this but I have to move on. This isn't over because I'm going to carry on the Serra legacy when I go to college. This is so big."