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.