When Inoke Lotulelei was told to call the UCLA coaches because they had good news for him it was still a shock when the Bruins offered the Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood wide receiver.
It was his first offer and the 5-foot-9, 175-pound prospect said it was a great start in his recruitment. UCLA is definitely being seriously considered but he wants to wait through the summer to see what else happens.
"It took me by surprise," Lotulelei said.
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"I was at school and my coach told me I had to call the UCLA coaches because they were going to offer. I called them and they offered me so that was really exciting."
Lotulelei, who finished with 74 receptions for 1,184 yards and 15 touchdowns in his junior season, said Utah and BYU have mainly been in touch recently and both programs could offer soon.
The Cottonwood standout is expected to camp at both schools this summer and after visiting for the junior days, he said there is interest in the in-state programs.
"Both of them said they're close but they want to see me at the summer camps one more time," Lotulelei said.
"I like the environment at both schools. I felt like I fit in at both of those places."
About seven or eight programs have been by Cottonwood in the last two weeks to look at Lotulelei and others, including four-star quarterback Cooper Bateman, so he's excited about all the exposure and whether it might bring more options moving forward.
"They've all come down and just watched us in our after-school sessions," Lotulelei said. "I'm pretty excited about it."