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Three-stars performance heat up recruiting trail

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Anyone who saw three-star defensive tackle Kirifi Taula (6-4, 270, 4.9) from Anaheim (Calif.) Servite dismantle Long Beach (Calif.) Poly on Thursday thinks he needs at least another star. He was that dominating. Taula spent a lot of time in Poly's backfield last Thursday accounting for three tackles for loss and five tackles. Not bad for an inside guy.
If he continues to play the way he did against Poly there is no reason to think that he could end up being the hottest prospect on the recruiting trail this fall. After all there just aren't that many quality players who play the money position of defensive tackle so the ones that do get a lot of attention. Look for Taula's 11 scholie opportunities to increase as the season progresses.
So far he has offers from Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, New Mexico, San Diego State, Utah, San Jose State and Wake Forest.
Taula has received phone calls from Notre Dame, Arizona, UCLA, Washington and Washington State since September 1st.
With all of his recent success does Taula have any visits set at this time.
"I haven't set up my visits yet," Taula said. "I'm going to concentrate on my senior season.
"I will probably take one visit during my bye week," Taula said. "I'm thinking about visiting Oregon State. Arizona, Washington and Nebraska are also lined up for visits.
"I am hoping that my senior season opens up some new offers for me," Taula said. "I would like to stay in California, but I still want to take my visits to check out other schools to see if I like it there.
"I don't have a timeframe for my decision," Taula said. "It could come this week or sometime before signing day."
Taula and his teammates have another tough team to play this Friday when Servite hooks up against Central Valley powerhouse, Clovis (Calif.) Clovis West.
Taula earned first-team all-league for his junior season performance. He also earned a spot on the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 for the class of 2010 landing as the Golden State's No. 86 prospect at any position.
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