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Palo Verde linebacker ponders commitment to Hawaii

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Stephen R. Sylvanie / Special to the Home News

Palo Verde linebacker Liloa Nobriga stands at attention during the national anthem before a home game against Sierra Vista on Sept. 5.

Liloa Nobriga said he liked what he saw during a weekend visit to the University of Hawaii, but the Palo Verde senior linebacker isn't yet ready to commit to the school — at least not yet.

Nobriga said Wednesday he wouldn't make a final decision until he took the remainder of his five allowed official visits to prospective colleges, per NCAA rules. Hawaii was his first trip.

"The trip was just how I imagined," Nobriga said. "The coaches treated me first class. I learned everything about their games from the pregame meals and the pregame meetings. I told (Hawaii) coach (Greg McMackin) I'd love to be a Warrior, but I'd still like to take some trips and see how it goes."

Nobriga said he talked to Fresno State Tuesday night and the school told him it would invite him for an official visit soon. Nobriga also plans on visiting Utah and UNLV although dates haven't be scheduled.

The linebacker has also been in contact with Arizona and Oregon State. He could visit either or both once the season ends.

Though he remains high on Hawaii, Nobriga said he didn't give an official commitment to the school, which contrasts with a report published by the Honolulu Advertiser Monday.

"I told them I could go there," he said. "It's not a commitment but telling but telling them I could see myself there. I just still need to make a decision."

Nobriga, who has a team-high 108 tackles in nine games, grew up in Hawaii before moving to Las Vegas prior to his junior year during the summer of 2007. He said the potential to return to his hometown would factor into his decision.

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