As expected for sometime, Corona Centennial defensive lineman Austin Maloata has de-committed from the USC Trojans. The long-awaited de-commitment was first reported by Blair Angulo of ESPN and We Are SC.
Since Ed Orgeron left USC in early December, contact and heat from the Trojans backed off, which was intensified with the dead period that finally lifted on Thursday.
Coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff had started to look elsewhere and Maloata followed suit despite insisting as recently as last week that he was still committed to the Trojans.
Maloata told 247 last weekend that USC’s disengagement hadn’t been easy on him. “I’m just disappointed how slowly I left the picture after I was a committed since the first day USC offered me.”
Now, it looks like it’ll be a duel between Washington State and Arizona State.
USC first offered Maloata back in May, prompting an immediate commitment. As part of the Uce Crew, Maloata was and still is close to USC commits Viane Talamaivao and Toa Lobendahn.
As of right now, USC has 16 commitments in the 2014 recruiting class with two and a half weeks until Signing Day, leaving three open scholarships. The Trojans are now potentially capable of a sweep of their top three targets at the moment: Adoree’ Jackson, Juju Smith and Damien Mama.