Valoaga is being considered

Valoaga is being considered

Jeremiah Valoaga a tall three-sport athlete out of Oxnard, California. The three-star tight end prospect from Channel Islands High School has received a few letters from some high profile colleges. A member of the 2012 class, he has a few things he's looking for if the opportunity to play at the next level comes his way.

He's a tall one. Coming in at 6 feet 7 inches, Jeremiah Valoaga towers over the competition, especially on the football field against smaller defensive backs.


"With the position that I play, I look forward to catching and running the ball," said the 210-pound Valoaga. "I think as a tight end I catch better than I block, but if the team needs me to block, then that's what I'll do. This past year I had about 35 catches for 434 yards and scored three touchdowns.

"I also switch off from tight end to receiver from here and there. This next year, the coaches are thinking about putting me in at quarterback. I don't mind playing quarterback this next season if that's what the team needs and the coaches want."

On top of playing football, Valoaga mans the middle on the hardwood and plays volleyball as well.

"In basketball I play center and I average around 11 points a game, but the last game we played I had 22. We didn't do as well this year as a team but I feel I've improved from over the last two years."

So far, Valoaga has received some interest from some prominent schools.

"I've got some stuff from UCLA, Oregon, Auburn, Texas and a few other schools," Valoaga said.

Scout.com also reports that he is being recruited by BYU, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Washington. It also lists that UCLA has already offered Valoaga. However, he is not aware of any Bruin scholarship offer at this point in time.

"Well, I'm not really aware of being offered," Valoaga said. "I don't know anything about that. The two schools that have shown the most interest in me are LSU and Nebraska. They're schools that I wouldn't mind going to go, but I'm trying to find a school more closer to home."

In regards to BYU, Valoaga was contacted by Coach Poppinga during the recruiting period.

"I recently met with BYU's outside linebacker's coach, and I still have to give him a call. I guess I'm supposed to do an interview with him."

In any event, the Channel Island High School tight end admits he doesn't know much about BYU.

"Well, I really haven't looked into that school," Valoaga admitted. "I plan on doing that more though here soon to know more. This overall experience, for me and my family, is kind of new. I'm learning the process with it. It's a good experience though."

There are two things that Valoaga is most interested in at the next level.

"I'm looking at a school that has a high competition level," he said. "I'm also looking at academics and want to go to a school that has high academics so I can get a good education."

BYU and Notre Dame are both private religious institutions that have shown a little interest in Valoaga, but he admits he doesn't have much interest in the spiritual side of college life.

"I just want to play football and go to school. The school that has the best academics is pretty much what I'm looking at. I'm also looking at the coaching staff and want good coaches. Those are pretty much the two main things."

Valoaga would like to stay close to home and his family if possible. The one school that has caught his eye at the most at this point in time is UCLA for a few reasons.

"Right now I'm kind of looking forward to UCLA. I think I would have a good experience playing football over there, and they also have a good volleyball team. It's also near home so I can do what I have to do and then go home if I want to."

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