Sacramento (Calif.) Grant coach Mike Alberghini said Puka Lopa will play in the Pac-10 but he's still not sure where until the three-star defensive end takes some visits in the next couple months.
"He's going to go to the Pac-10 but he hasn't decided on which school yet," Alberghini said. "He's still going to take visits to Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State after he plays in an all-star game.
"He's going to take those trips but all four of our kids probably won't make their decision until toward the end of January because they still have trips they're going to take."
Lopa, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound prospect, has already taken two visits but plans to take his other three before making a decision. He was impressive all season and Alberghini said he thinks Lopa has the biggest motor of any of his players.
That's saying something because four-star defensive tackle Viliami Moala, four-star safety James Sample and three-star linebacker Darryl Paulo all play with great intensity.
Grant finished 13-1 with its only loss coming to Folsom in the CIF Northern California final. Folsom defeated Southern California powerhouse Gardena Serra, 48-20, this past weekend.
"He's been a great player," Alberghini said of Lopa. "It seems like he's been in V's shadow and I don't know if that should've happened because both of them are extremely talented.
"Just because V has been selected as an All-American, Puka has been in his shadow. I thought Puka had the biggest motor of all our players."
Oregon State, UCLA, Washington State, Arizona State, Cal and Washington are probably the six Pac-10 schools still in contention for Lopa, rated No. 47 at strong-side defensive end nationally and No. 54 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com.
Although no decision dates have been set, Alberghini said he believes all four of his star seniors will end up at Pac-10 schools.
There has been consideration that they'd all play together and that's still a possibility but one thing that's almost for sure is that they all will play in the same conference in college.
"All four of them will sign with a Pac-10 team," Alberghini said. "I'm pretty sure."