One good thing about UCLA conducting fall practice in San Bernardino is that it's close to Lokeni Toailoa's house and the 2016 four-star linebacker decided to watch a workout last week.
UCLA has been steadily recruiting the Rialto (Calif.) Wilmer Carter standout as hard as any school and Toailoa said he had some good conversations with the coaches during his visit over to practice.
"I was there with my dad and brother," Toailoa said.
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"It was pretty much just a light practice. They were in their helmets and they were just going through stuff but the intensity got really high when they did team drills.
"It's pretty much the same. I was talking to pretty much every coach that was there on the defensive side. The way they had it was offense was on one side and defense was on the other and I was with the defense of course."
The high four-star inside linebacker has developed a good relationship with position coach Jeff Ulbrich and he also chatted with coach Jim Mora during his trip. The Bruins are making it no secret they want him but it's still early for the 2016 standout.
"I was talking to coach Ulbrich as usual and then I was talking to coach Mora," Toailoa said. "That was pretty much it. I always have good conversations with those guys.
"My relationship is pretty strong with coach Ulbrich. This is going into my third year of being in contact with him. I like them a lot."
UCLA is definitely coming on strong for the Inland Empire recruit but Toailoa said it's still too early to name leaders. His focus has turned almost solely to his junior season.
So far, Toailoa has been offered by Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Colorado, Louisville, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Rutgers, San Diego State, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State and others.
Rivals.com rates Toailoa as the No. 1 inside linebacker and No. 34 in the 2016 class.