Virginia Football Makes Final Push For California Defensive End Nusi Malani

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Division 1 football’s Regular Signing Period begins next Wednesday, February 5, and the University of Virginia football program is pushing to make Junipero Serra (San Mateo, CA) defensive line prospect Nusi Malani part of its 2020 Class.

Malani, a 6’6”, 250-pound senior, hosted Virginia football head coach Bronco Mendenhall and defensive line coach Vic So’oto Thursday evening (January 30).

Virginia extended a scholarship offer to Malani last September. So’oto followed up with an in-home with the 3-star prospect in December. Malani decided to give Virginia a closer look and made an official visit Charlottesville the weekend of January 17-19.

Last weekend, Malani trekked to Washington State for an official visit. Following the trip, he tweeted: “Had an amazing and great Official Visit this past weekend at Washington State. Thank you for the hospitality.”

Nebraska hosted the talented defensive end on an official last September. A pair of Huskers assistant coaches visited Malani in December. In addition to Nebraska, Virginia and Washington State, Malani boasts scholarship offers from Arizona, Boise State, BYU, Colorado and Colorado State, among others. A specific timetable for his decision is unclear.

Juniper Serra finished 2019 with a 13-2 record that unfortunately included a 35-27 loss to Corona del Mar in the CIF State Division 1-A championship game. Malani, who was named the Mercury News Bay Area Preps HQ defensive player of the year, spearheaded a defense that held opposing teams to 14 points or less nine times. Serra recorded four shutouts in the 2019 campaign.

Virginia signed 13 class of 2020 prospects, including defensive linemen Jahmeer Carter and Olasunkonmi Agunloye, during the Early Signing Period. The Hoos also have a verbal commitment from Varina (VA) senior defensive end Lorenz Terry.

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