As the coaching carousel begins towards the end of each college football season, so does recruiting. Coaches with connections in different parts of the country seek out recruits from high schools they know well.
Prior to coaching the Seminoles, Stoops was the defensive coordinator at Arizona from 2004 to 2009 and recruited Maka's high school heavily. Now, Maka says he will officially visit the Wildcats of Lexington this coming weekend.
"If my trip works out as well as I hope it does when I go to Kentucky I'll probably pick them," Maka said. "Getting out of California is attractive to me."
Stoops may have the connection to Tustin High School but the job of recruiting Maka is up to Kentucky defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh, the former All-SEC defensive tackle at Auburn. Maka says the two got in touch very quickly after he was hired.
"He (Brumbaugh) saw my highlight film and called me up and we started to talk then," he said. "He's a good coach with a lot of experience."
For Maka, along with coach Brumbaugh, the opportunity to play in the vaunted SEC conference excites him.
"I just want to go out and explore something across the country," Maka said. "The SEC is a big conference. They play Alabama so that's pretty impressive."
Maka added that he doesn't have an official offer to Kentucky quite yet but they will offer him during his upcoming visit.