Top 2018 recruit Talanoa Hufanga impressed by UCLA visit

More than 61,000 people were on hand for UCLA’s 27-23 win over Colorado on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, which snapped a two-game skid for the Bruins. Among those watching the win was a much-coveted 2018 recruit who could end up being in baby blue and gold next year.

“My official visit was incredible,” 4-star prospect Talanoa Hufanga said, per 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, after completing an official visit to UCLA on Monday.

Hufanga is rated as the top athlete in the 2018 class and No. 58 overall. Listed at 6’0.5” and 193 pounds, he attends Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, Ore., where he has played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and defensive back.

The UCLA visit completed a jam-packed weekend for Hufanga, whose home game on Friday night was attended by coaches from several top suitors. Per 247Sports’ Matt Prehm, the 33-13 win over Silverton (in which Hufanga scored three total touchdowns, two on receptions and one on a 74-yard run) was witnessed by Michigan assistant Jay Harbaugh and Oregon assistant Keith Heyward.

Also making an appearance was Oregon head coach Willie Taggart, via helicopter at halftime.

Oregon appears to have the best chance to land Hufanga, garnering 100 percent of 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions, though other schools aren’t giving up. He’s visited Utah and UCLA and is scheduled to attend the Michigan-Ohio State game in November.

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