Tag:Inoke Breckterfield
Posted on: May 19, 2011 10:53 am

All-Name team athlete commits to UCLA

Posted by Bryan Fischer

There's commitments and there's all-name team commitments. There's also all-name team commitments who are good at football and that appears to be what UCLA picked up, grabbing a verbal pledge from Kailua Kona (Hawaii) athlete Psalm FaaFoisia Pulemagafa Wooching.

"I decided for UCLA because the coach (Inoke Breckterfield) really broke it down for my parents," Wooching told BruinBlitz.com. "I was all for the scholarship and committing to the school, but my parents needed to know a little bit more and Coach Inoke came in and just gave a great presentation. It went good."

The 6-foot-3, 190 pound athlete can play a variety of positions, such as running back, tight end or linebacker, but it's unclear where the Bruins have him penciled in. He hasn't visited Westwood yet but plans to in the future before enrolling next year.

Wooching's combination of size and football skills also give him an advantage in another sport: rugby. He will head to New Zealand this summer to play and work out with famed rugby team the All Blacks. The team holds just about every international rugby record and is New Zealand's national team.

"Seven people in the nation get picked and I tried out and was picked," Wooching said. "So now I will be going on an all expenses paid trip to New Zealand and we are going to be training with the All Blacks. They are one of the best."

Wooching rushed for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. He is UCLA's second commitment for the class of 2012, joining fellow Hawaii native Steven Lakalaka.

Posted on: May 17, 2011 3:13 pm

UCLA on the board with Lakalaka

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Boom Lakalaka! Or is it Bruin Lakalaka?

Either way, UCLA picked up their first commitment for the class of 2012 as news broke Tuesday morning of the verbal pledge of Honolulu (Hawaii) running back Steven Lakalaka, finally getting the Bruins on the commitment board.

“I committed on Saturday to UCLA,” Lakalaka told Scout. “They’re a good school and they’re very similar to Punahou but a lot bigger. Coach Inoke (Breckterfield) was talking to me and I was very comfortable with him. I felt UCLA was the best school.”

The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder just recently picked up an offer from the school and had been receiving attention from several other Pac-12 schools such as Arizona and Colorado.

“Coach Inoke said they have two types of running backs, the shifty back and the power back, and I’ll come in and play the power back,” said Lakalaka. “Another reason I picked UCLA is because it’s closer for my family. They’re pretty stoked and pretty happy for me.”

Lakalaka rushed for 771 yards and four touchdowns last season as a junior at famed Hawaii Punahou High. The Bruins signed just one running back last year and will likely target another one in this class in addition to Lakalaka.

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