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David Maka hears from Pac-12 programs

Defensive tackle David Maka (Tustin, Calif./Tustin) already listed Utah among his five offers, but it looks likely that the rest of the Pac-12 conference could become heavily involved in his recruitment.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman held offers from Colorado State, San Diego State, Utah State and UTEP as well, but added an offer from UCLA this past Friday.

“We’d been talking about it for a while,” Maka said of an offer from the UCLA staff. “I kind of knew it was coming, but I was pretty excited for that offer.”

Maka has also been in contact with Arizona and Washington. He believes both schools want an opportunity to see him play a few games during his senior season before offering. If one eventually comes from the Huskies, it could prove tough to beat.

“Washington has really stood out to me,” Maka said. “The other schools would have to have something really good for me to beat it if they offer.”

Maka is familiar with the Washington program, as his cousin, Siosifa Tufunga, is beginning his second year with the Huskies. He plans to schedule an official visit to Washington, which he will likely take during the season. Maka added that he would like to make a verbal commitment shortly after his senior season.

Heading into the season, Maka said he wants to make sure his full focus is centered on his team, as Tustin looks to repeat its CIF championship performance.

“Just because we won the championship last year doesn’t mean we can take it easy,” Maka said. “We were young last year, but we want to get another ring for our senior year. We’re coming in hot.”