UCLA Football Among Top Choices for Giant Offensive Tackle in 2025 Class

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Three-star offensive lineman Elijah Vaikona announced Thursday that he had narrowed his search to three schools including UCLA Football. He also set a date by which he will make his final choice, July 2nd.

The 6’8″, 370 lbs Rancho Santa Margarita, CA native received 14 scholarship offers from schools across the country including Arkansas, Utah, Arizona State, USF, and SMU. In addition to the Bruins, Washington, and crosstown rivals, USC remains in the mix.

On3’s Recruiting Prediction Machine gives UCLA a slight chance of earning his commitment of just one percent. He visited both Washington and SC over the last two weeks. On3 RPM gives Washington a 35.8 percent chance and USC a 57 percent chance.

According to 247 Sports, VAikona was extended a scholarship offer from UCLA on June 11th. He has yet to visit the program in an official capacity.

If he chooses UCLA, he will join Garrison Blank as the second offensive lineman to commit from the 2025 class.

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On3’s Industry composite ranking places Vaikona as the 1377th ranked player nationally, the 100th ranked offensive tackle, and the 109th best prospect from California.

VAikona has been busy this summer attending camps to hone his craft, and traveling to Alabama, Oklahoma, and Texas to network and polish his skills. 

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